Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
Elijah Craig Small Batch has long been a favorite bourbon of many whiskey enthusiasts – to the point where their stocks of 12-year-old bourbon have been under a lot of pressure. The producers made the decision to discontinue the 12-Year-Old expression and create this expression to take its place. It manages to maintain the incredibly high quality that Elijah Craig is known for, including the delicious core of cooked apple drizzled in honey notes. This expression has been well received, taking home not one but two San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold medals!
Citing a surge in popularity and supply not meeting demand, in early 2016 Heaven Hill removed Elijah Craig Small Batch’s 12 Year’s age statement. At the time, brands such as Weller 12 Year and 1792 8 Year were facing the same issue. In the end, Weller 12 Year kept its age statement and became hard to find and saw an increased price. 1792 lost its age statement and kept its availability and price point. Heaven Hill chose the latter path and began blending younger stock into its non-age stated (NAS) small batches. Years later, the brand is readily available and has maintained its mid-$20 price point.