Discover the differences between Elijah Craig Small Batch vs Wild Turkey 101 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!
Elijah Craig Small Batch
- Nose: Oak, chocolate, cinnamon, clove.
- Palate: Oak spice, bitter chocolate, butterscotch, citrus.
- Finish: Wood spice, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, vanilla.
Nose offers oak aroma at first, followed by a hint of chocolate, cinnamon and clove.
On the palate, you get oak spice up-front, with a hint of bitter chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla and a tad of citrus.
There is warmth on the finish as you get a hit of ethanol and a spicy bite rich in oak spice, cinnamon, black pepper and clove with some butterscotch sweetness coming late to the party.
Elijah Craig has a nice nose, a good taste but it lets you down on the finish as it feels warm and spicy.
It becomes better when adding a drop of water as it becomes sweeter and loses some of the heat along the peppery bite.
Is not a bad bourbon by any means, barely making it to the sipper category but definitely needs more persistence than the average bourbon in this price range.
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There are a few facts worth knowing about Elijah Craig:
- Bottled at 94 proof.
- Elijah Craig is credited as the first distiller to use heavily charred casks to age bourbon.
- It is made from a mash bill comprised of 78% corn, 10% rye and 12% malted barley.
- It is bottled by blending no less than 200 casks of maturing bourbon, each of which was rested in a Kentucky rickhouse for a minimum of 8 years.
- This whiskey previously had an age statement of 12 years but in 2016 the age statement was removed to extend its availability.
- The distiller also increased the maximum number of barrels used per batch from 100 to 200.
- Elijah Craig is crafted by Heaven Hill Distilleries, along the Evan Williams in Bardstown, Kentucky.
Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
- Nose: Oak, honey, caramel, vanilla.
- Palate: Vanilla, brown sugar, baking spice, mint,
- Finish: Long, fairly warm, charred oak, old leather.
On the nose the Wild Turkey 101 is sweet, with hints of honey, caramel and vanilla along a charred oak note.
It offers a nice mouthfeel as it has a buttery feel, a bit warm at first, giving way to vanilla, brown sugar, baking spice, hazelnuts and a light touch of mint.
The finish is medium to long, pleasantly warm, high in charred oak as every Wild Turkey Whiskey and a satisfying note of old leather.
Wild Turkey 101 strikes a solid balance between oak spice, old leather and sweet notes, it is complex but yet easy to drink with quite a pleasant finish.
This is good tasty bourbon that gives a moderate yet pleasing burn; add a large ice ball if you want it go down easy.
The Wild Turkey 101 is one of the best bourbons in terms of value, it goes head to head with much pricier and elite bottles making it a no-brainer.
If you have tried the regular Wild Turkey you are going to find the 101 to be a vast improvement.
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There are a few facts worth knowing about the Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon:
- Bottled at 101 proof.
- Wild Turkey’s mash bill is comprised of 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% barley.
- This whiskey ages for no less than 5 years in heavily charred casks.
- Wild Turkey uses non-GMOs to make whiskey.
- Wild Turkey barrels its whiskey at a lower entry-proof, meaning the spirit is a lower proof as it comes off the still prior to maturing; that lower entry proof allows to more flavor from the grains.
- The whiskey is pulled from the barrel at 109 proof before being proofed down a notch.
- Earned a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Elijah Craig vs Wild Turkey: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Wild Turkey 101||$27||750ml|
Elijah Craig Small Batch vs Wild Turkey 101: Which is better?
The Turkey is a smoother bourbon despite the higher proof
|Whiskey||Elijah Craig||Wild Turkey|
- The WT 101 is a champ in terms of value. You are unlikely to find a dram at price level, bottled at high proof, tasting as smooth as this.
- Drinks nicely neat, rocks or in cocktails making it entirely versatile.
- The Elijah Craig is not a bad bourbon, just that it lets you feel the burn and hits you harder with the oak spice.
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