Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Staff Pick

Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Item # 44163 750mL
$34.96/ Single Bottle
$209.76/ Case of 6
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Tasting Notes

Made at Heaven Hill, the flagship EC Small Batch Bourbon is one of th world's great references in the category, famous for their high-rye recipe. A stand alone Rye Whiskey has been long anticipated with high expectations. Taking the classic Kentucky mash for a rye of high-corn/high-barley and in this case higher proof (94) the finished whiskey expresses smoky flavors, preserved cherries, mocha, graphite and whole spices.

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Staff Pick Notes

Rye is a whiskey that’s hard to tame. As a crop it grows, like a weed, without abandon. Even its flavors and style can easily get too rambunctious. So I was reluctant to taste Elijah Craig’s first crack at it. I was expecting something heavy handed but happily found something more nuanced. The aroma and first sip offer initial notes of dry spices foiled by subtle sweetness and toasted oak. The mid-palate smacks of dried cherries and wafts of wood smoke. Finishing with oily cracked pepper, graphite, and allspice. This whiskey offers plenty but never too much.

- SD

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