12-Year-Old Bourbon Blind Tasting

Many master distillers believe that bourbon hits a sweet spot after aging for between 6 and 12 years. We've reviewed bourbons on this blog that are as young as 6 months and as old as 26 years. Our favorite pours tend to be in the 10-12 year old range.

Last week, we held a blind tasting featuring five of our favorite 12-year-old bourbons. While our findings won't come as a surprise, we hope you enjoy the photos and reviews. Let us know what you think!

The Lineup (tasted blind in the following order):

- Old Medley ($54)
- 2015 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon ($79)
- Elijah Craig 12 ($29)
- Jim Beam Signature Craft ($39)
- Weller 12 ($29)

Notable Findings:

- The Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has an unmistakable, delicious nose and a beautiful, funky flavor. It was the unanimous winner.

- Elijah Craig 12 ($29 and widely available) beats Weller 12 ($29 and elusive).

- We like strong whiskey!  Weller 12 and Jim Beam Signature Craft struck us as too mellow (still very, very good).

- Old Medley has a pleasant nose, but the flavor profile is dominated by oak. It was the second most expensive bourbon in the pack, and the unanimous least favorite.