Elijah Craig Smal Batch has been called “Best of the Best”. We agree.
Heaven Hill Distillers is unique. They are one of the oldest and largest Bourbon distillers in the world, they have the second largest standing inventory of aging Bourbon, and they have grown to become the seventh largest supplier of spirits in the US. BUT … they are still family owned. In fact, they are the only family-owned production house left in Kentucky. God bless the Shapira family! The spirit brands owned and controlled by Heaven Hill includes Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, and their namesake Heaven Hill, and many dozens more.
If you are already a fan of Elijah Craig Bourbon — and who isn’t — you might already know that the Small Batch product was released in early 2016 as a non-age-statement (NAS) replacement for the Elijah Craig 12 year old. Small Batch is a mix of genuine Elijah Craig aged between 8 to 12 years and blended to taste. Of course they did this to meet demand, and yes the “average age” is now a bit younger. But don’t let the NAS slow you down. Seriously … it’s delicious, 47% ABV, and in its two short years it has won double-gold medals and been named “Best of the Best” and “Best Bourbon” … twice.
SmartAss Corner The humongous Heaven Hill warehouses look like like they are being swallowed by “The Thing.” But the creeping black mildew climbing the sides of the buildings is “Baudoinia Compniacensis” — an alcohol-loving fungus common to distilleries, liquor warehouses, and bakeries that feeds on “the angels share” evaporating from the casks.
Super cherry and intense flavor does have some heat going down
It’s good, it was better as the 8yr before they mix it into a blend which ruined the flavor profile.
Love it. It’s my favorite so far...;)
Slight spicey start, sweet finish
I was pleasantly surprised by this whiskey. I will definitely have more in the future.
One of my go to bourbons.
Heaven Hill distills some of my favorite bourbons, so it is somewhat insane that I had yet to try the Elijah Craig Small Batch that seems to be a well-regarded label. Thankfully, the long passed Reverend Elijah Craig, patron saint of the charred oak barrel (if you believe the legend), smiled down upon me and matched up a free shipping credit with an online retailer selling the ECSB for $5 less than the state minimum. A bona fide beverage blessing from the benevolent bishop of bourbon, I bled a bottle to the brim of a beaker, breathed in a beautiful bouquet, and binged Bardstown booze.
The nose is classic bourbon through and through with creamy vanilla, bruleed caramel, and toasted oak, not to mention the faintest hints of chocolate and coffee. A light and fairly dry mouthfeel brings with it a palate that is sweet upfront with the taste of candied apples. A surprising cinnamon tingle begins quickly, and on the way down the sip heats up into a beautiful black pepper warmth. The finish is long with oak, leather, and tobacco dominating and mint lifting everything for a refreshing end. It would be a lie to say this is my favorite of the Heaven Hill labels, but this is still a very good bourbon, and when you consider the outstanding quality to price ratio this is one to add to your collection for sure. Sip it neat or use it as a mixer, this bourbon can play any position.
Very smooth and complex. I’ve normally only drank Irish whiskey or JD. IM new to bourbon and I’m extremely holly with my first bottle choice. EJ small batch is very enjoyable and goes great paired with a fine cigar
This is a solid, solid bourbon for the price. Great first taste of caramel, vanilla, and oak. Changes to a nice spicey, charred oak that continues to a surprisingly long finish. Great everyday drinker!
Buttery caramel warm finish, long savory finish,this is kinda perfect bourbon for me I think
Not my favorite neat, but served up or as a mixer it’s wonderful (especially with hot tea)
Had a vanilla hint smooth
Great daily drinker. Opens up well and surprises you with the finish.
Sweet and hot, with a taste of red cherries and sweet spice on the nose. The palate and finish move towards a leathery taste and the heat lasts. A good sipper, especially on the rocks.
Simple easy drinking. Very sweet with honey, molasses
Another of my favorite bourbons, the nose on this one is almost better than the drink itself. So delicious to smell, and to drink.
Color is dark amber. Nose is initially sweet, with notes of oak and toffee. First sip is a fruity note, then transitions to baking spices that linger for some time. Additional sips reveal notes of vanilla. Overall this is a solid Bourbon for the price point, but not the Double Gold Winning flavor I expected. For the price though, I can't complain.
Another for the bar, now my go to for bourbon.
Dont get the hype. This is not good
Michael you are spot on!!! I originally chalked it up to a one off bad bottle but after 3 attempts??? NO MORE
Good sipper, better on the rocks.
Love this bourbon. Simple yet complex. Full flavor and easy to drink. A staple of my bar.
One of my go to Bourbons. Packs a punch and spice worthy of a few sips.
Good basic bourbon. Would like to try it at cask strength.
good stuff. My daughter is the bourbon drinker of the family. I got her this one. she likes it a lot. good bourbon good price.
Solid bourbon for the price
The Carmel Flavor is amazing
I like the small batch bourbons. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this for such an affordable bottle. Smooth finish and I could taste the different flavor notes in each sip.
Easy to drink, deeper flavors than one might think.
Very smooth, not a lot of heat, extremely good bourbon.
average at best
No where near the 12yr version it replaced and I bought mine from work (best big box store in the nation) for darn good price BUT the BURN... the alcohol is way to present in both aromatics and taste. I can handle barrel strength power but this is one crazy bottle that is not barrel strength at all, just regular proofed. Did I get a bad one? I might buy 1 more to verify.
Nice balance but too much burn.
Very smooth. A great sipping bourbon with a little extra kick.
Great value. Go to everyday drinker.
Spicy caramel, smoothed out with vanilla and a hint of oak. One of my favorite inexpensive bourbons.
Easy drinker. Good buy for the price point.
Nice product for the price, will purchase again,
Smooth for the price.
not a fan of the flavor
Very smooth, good on the palette, will buy it again
Love this! Elijah was my first whiskey I tasted and it still rates as my favorite for the great balance of taste, drinkability, price and availability.
On the nose this has a sweet smell with hints of wood hidden throughout. This is a relatively sweet bourbon with a nice complexity and has a medium finish. Was surprised at the proof on this one. Add a couple drops of water and the peppery spice comes to the forefront which might not be for everyone, but just proves the complexity of this whiskey. Cannot beat the bang for the buck here.
I bought the small batch 12 yr aged from my local liquor store. It's been about a year since I had a decent priced Bourbon and this kicked my ass, taste wise.
Gentle sipper. Very calming and approachable woody oak and light caramel.
Best of the best
For the price point, it is smooth and easy on the palate. It has a slightly sweet finish.
If you want a smooth bourbon that's a little sweet, you can't beat this for the price. One of the best bourbons you can get for under $40
Sweet, smooth and strong.
Glad I bought it. I drink it on the rocks with a splash of h2o and it’s perfect. I’ll probably always keep a bottle on the shelf. Great price
Not my cup of tea
Good bourbon for the price. Would buy it again.
Amazingly smooth with initial caramel tones and oak tones
I like to use this one for sipping and mixing
This is my bourbon of choice. Excellence in a bottle without killing the budget. Would still be worth it at $50/bottle.
A great bourbon for beginners like Makers Mark but lacks sophistication.
Good sipping bourbon. Had a small bite.
Bit too intense for my taste. Have tried neat, with a splash of water and on ice. Continues to have an intense burn on the finish that I'm not a fan of. Much prefer the flavor profile of Knob Creek, Eagle Rare or Buffalo Trace in same $ range, but no so much burn. This one is very average to my taste at this time.
Would put up against any out there, at $29 a bottle absolute steal
Good, fairly priced Bourbon for sipping or mixing.
One of my absolute favorites for sipping neat- dripping with caramel & vanilla, and the perfect balance of sweet & heat. Doesn't hurt that it's about $30/bottle.
Very nice, oaky bourbon.
my hands down favorite
Awesome is all that can be said about this
This is my daily dram. Consistently good with any dinner.
Good bourbon. Smooth and sweet.
Great go to widely available bourbon. Amazing value.
Good flavor and not too warm, just enough of the Kentucky hug.
I liked it, strong but smooth
The combination of easy drinking, availability at local drug or grocery stores, and the excellent price make this a great bargain option for me. Everything you want from a Bourbon, including the ability to actually find and buy it! High Marks.
Elijah is one of my go to bourbon for my old fashion. Not only is it good on the rocks it mixes very well.
Very smooth bourbon.
Smooth, goes down easy. Very nice after taste. Good flavor
Full bodied whiskey with oaky caramel flavors very robust and burns the back of the tongue slightly but the thickness and flavor make up for it
With all the hype, I was expecting something better. It was okay, but I think Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare are better.
Really good - balanced just all around good Greg a bottle excellent value
I find these locally around the $22 price range and it is a great drinker, great for not emptying your wallet also
What a wonderful drink. Sweet. Lightly smokey and
Salty butterscotch. Must have on hand bourbon.
Great quality for the price. My all time favorite. I prefer it neat, but it makes a good old fashioned too.
If you like your bourbon on the oaky-side, EC will be your go-to bourbon. At the $30 price range, I challenge you to find a better value. Better yet, many stores pick private barrels which gets you the single barrel experience, making EC a no-brainer. Grab one and let me know what you think.
Ideal bourbon for convincing a friend to stop pouring Coke in his bourbon. Great bang for your buck.
Great go to for sip or mix
This is a great value bourbon, one of my favorites to keep around the house without breaking the bank.
Favorite bourbon, best for price by far
Very good. Flavorful and smooth.
Definitely smell the toffee up front. Very smooth and sweet at the beginning, with spiciness on the back end followed by a little smoke.
This is a great smooth bourbon. Definitely one to try.
Smooth. Slightly spicy finish.
For the price, one of the best.
A bit on the sweeter side for me, but less than JD. For the cost it is a decent sipping whiskey. For the value of E.C. I gave it 7 stars
Awesome flavor and depth. I like this neat or with a little herbal bitters.
Very underrated, a great buy. Smooth, pleasing bite, I taste cinnamon more in this bourbon than most, a light sweet cinnamon like a cinnamon roll with some caramel.
Smooth and slightly sweet, but not overwhelming. Enjoyed it very much.
Smooth Bourbon, a Cart Topper!
One of my favorites
9 for the taste at that price. Wow!
i love it and its smooth
One fine bourbon.
Smooth and light
Drinkable with surprisingly good taste. Rich but not thick and oaky
Smooth nice spice on the end
Over priced for the taste, OK on it's own, maybe buy again
Tried at Smoke and Barrel.
Pairs well with a good cigar. Tastes pleasant sweet and a sight finish of marshmallow
This is not even close to the 12 year and overpriced now. I still am nursing a case of 12 yr I put back. I would rather drink Larceny for $25.
I bought this as a Father's Day gift for my husband and he loved it! He said it was very smooth with a hint of spice. A great drink for sitting back and relaxing while watching the game!
Extremely smooth. A great bourbon to end the day with!
Smooooth good Flaviar it's a keeper
Great every day drink
Super smooth and buttery with hint of spicy smokiness finish.
Fabulous bourbon!! Although I do miss the 12 year and wish they would bring it back.
This is one of my 2 favorite bourbons. The other is Evan Williams Single Barrel, EC's sister bourbon! It just depends on my mood, as to which I prefer on any given day!