Friday, December 4, 2015

Whisky Advent Day 4

Day 4 features Elijah Craig Small Batch 12 year. Named after Elijah Craig, a baptist minister in the 1700s who debateable invented the process of aging whisky in charred oak barrels. Made by Heaven Hill distilleries which was founded in 1935, this Kentucky straight bourbon is an economical one at $35 per bottle.

In November 1996, a fire broke out at Heaven hill; Ninety thousands barrels were destroyed or about 14% of its holdings. They had the second largest inventory of distilleries.

Warehouses built after 1994 used concrete and had higher standards to prevent such disasters of this magnitude. Only 37 of the 44 warehouses survived. They rented another facility in the meantime to keep production going; distillery workers were back the next day even though the blaze lasted for two weeks. We are lucky to be able to enjoy Elijah Craig whisky today only because their rivals helped out, Brown-Forman and Jim Beam.

The Elijah Craig Small Batch 12 year is a steal for the price!


1 comment:

  1. This is a very sophisticated whiskey, extremely delicious.