This is the standard 12 year Elijah Craig from Heaven Hill, but it’s an older “pre-fire” bottle – meaning it predates the 1996 fire that destroyed the old Heaven Hill distillery.
Nose: Very different than modern EC12 – huge rye notes with loads of pepper seasoned oak. Very heavy rye notes compared to what I taste in modern EC12.
Palate: Weaker than nose, but still a lot of fresh rye bread with slightly bitter and earthy oak.
Finish: Rye spice with dry oak.
Rating: 84/100 – I like this a bit bitter than modern EC12 but it’s close.
Value for the money: These go for around $100+ on the secondary which is a bit high but not too bad given these pre-fire bottles are going to become rarer and rarer.