The Reverend Elijah Craig was a Baptist minister, educator, agricultural capitalist and pioneer in western Virginia's Bourbon County, in what is now Kentucky. In 1789 he founded a distillery and started aging corn whiskey in charred white oak barrels. The efforts of Rev. Craig and others led to the creation of an economy and a market for surplus grain for the newly settled region. Today, Heaven Hill pays tribute to the great-grandfather of bourbon with this small batch bottling. Master Distillers Parker & Craig Beam hand select 12-year-old barrels from warehouse DSP-KY-31 and bottle without chill-filtering. The resulting whiskey is full-bodied and assertive, with aromas of brown sugar, sweet corn & clover honey signaling rich flavors of toffee, stewed apples, vanilla, anise & clove. The finish is long and warm, with toasty oak spice and a hint of floral cedar & tobacco.