Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey is a versatile and moderately priced sip to enjoy straight or mixed in your favorite cocktails. There are a handful of whiskey’s produced under the Elijah Craig brand. Elijah Craig (1738-1808) was a Baptist minister and entrepreneur who was born in Virginia and eventually settled in the Georgetown area of central Kentucky. He began distilling whiskey in 1789, the date presented in raised letters on bottles bearing his name. Many consider Craig the father of Bourbon whiskey and say he began the practice of charring barrels used to age his whiskey.

Producer: Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky. Heaven Hill is a family-owned distillery that produces several well-known American whiskey brands, including Elijah Craig, Heaven Hill, Larceny, Evan Williams, Rittenhouse, Old Fitzgerald and more.

Description: Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. 47% ABV/94 proof. Produced from a mashbill of 51% rye, 35% corn and 14% barley.

Price: Retails around $30.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Medium amber.

Nose:  Moderate intensity with hint of chocolate and light smoke.

Taste: Gentle spice, mid to full-bodied.

Finish: Long and with smooth.

Complexity: Well balanced.

Other Comments: Enjoy straight, over ice, or in rye-based cocktails.