January’s Bourbon of the Month is Elijah Craig Small Batch!

BotM Jan 2015 ELIJAH CRAIGIt came down to the final days of voting, but EC won by only 2 votes over Barrel Proof Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr.

It’s hard to find fault with a bourbon this complex in this price range.  At $35 or less, Elijah Craig remains a popular value buy amongst discerning bourbon drinkers, and is a staple of many bourbon bars.  At 94 proof, it’s just the right ABV to sip neat or with a splash of water.  Adding some distilled water opens up those citrus notes on the nose, but doesn’t greatly affect flavor.  Ice begins to overwhelm this bourbon, but its price makes it attractive in some bourbon cocktails such as the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan.  If you must drink this on the rocks, limit yourself to one small cube; just enough to cool down the liquor.

Elijah Craig is worthy of its praise, and drinks like a bourbon of a much higher price tag.

ModernThirst.com score: 89 out of 100 Points.

(Click here for full review)

So Throughout the month of January, let us know how you’re drinking Elijah Craig.  Send us stories, thoughts, reviews, photos- anything.  Tweet us (@Modern_Thirst) or email us directly at bill@modernthirst.com.  You can also comment on this post, or even join our forums and post there.  Cheers!


Kicking things off, I had a healthy pour of Elijah Craig while watching the latest Brooklyn Nine Nine.

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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and the President and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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