Bourbon brand Elijah Craig has discontinued its 12yo variant in favour of a new no-age-statement whiskey.
The combination of increased demand for its products and the fire at Heaven Hill distillery in 1996, which saw 90,000 barrels of bourbon destroyed, left a hole in its ageing stocks.
The Elijah Craig Small Batch contains whiskeys between eight and 12 years of age, and is a relatively sweet, easy-sippin’ liquid, with oodles of butterscotch and sponge cake on the nose, alongside pine wood, pine needles and pickled gherkin.
It’s smooth on the palate, with plenty of orange citrus – bitter orange, bright satsuma and tangerine – plus that butterscotch, plenty of pepper and wood shavings that lead onto a dry finish.
47% abv, £39.25/70cl, Marussia Beverages, 020 7724 5009