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Elijah Craig Rye

  • Distiller:

    Heaven Hill

  • Bottler:

    Heaven Hill

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  • Price:
  • Raided Score: 71
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: In a vacuum, for the price it’s not bad. But in reality, I’d probably prefer baby saz but definitely for cheaper and more flavor I’d get Old Forester rye.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: At 47% abv, it also has the strength for cocktails while remaining perfectly pleasant sipped neat. This is a solid addition to the category, and at a very reasonable price.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Elijah Craig Rye Whiskey is a nice expression of the Heaven Hill rye mash. It pulls out more of that cereal corn sweetness found in their bourbons that neither the Rittenhouse Bonded nor the Pikesville Rye really put on display – yet it retains a good spiciness. A worthy addition to the Elijah Craig line… now we just need the ECBPR!
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Lighter on the body, but still has a longer finish. I'd call this a win, especially for the price point. I would certainly love to try this one in a Manhattan!
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long with gentle spices and an underlying sweetness. Very nice!
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: All told, Elijah Craig’s rye is a solid example of the style, and if the pricing holds it’s destined to fill a role as a cocktail workhorse in higher-class establishments. That said, don’t be afraid to sip it solo, either. Distribution is limited for the time being, so if you can’t find it, stay tuned.
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  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: The flavor is pretty darn good given the price, and I think it will be something many people will begin to either drink neat or use in cocktails. This makes me wonder: will they come out with a barrel proof variant as well?
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Not great, it’s young and thin, and clearly a low rye mashbill.
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  • Intro:

    A new product from Heaven Hill this year, Elijah Craig rye is a NAS, 51% rye release. While hordes of bloggers across the web are receiving their free bottles, there seems to be quite a buzz. Let's see how it is.

  • Nose:

    Sweet brown sugar. Toffee, faint cocoa, nice pepper and clove, rye spice.

  • Taste:

    Thin mouth feel but no heat. Sweet cream, vanilla, cocoa, light pepper, musty grains.

  • Finish:

    Short, a bit hot, some pepper and creamy vanilla.

  • Overall:

    Not great, it’s young and thin, and clearly a low rye mashbill. I’ll have Baby Saz.

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