Gary, I could not pass on the opportunity to 'test' EC 12 after I had my Wild Turkey 'Throwdown' last night (see my post on the Enthusiast forum) as another check on its quality.
EC is not as robust as WT (no surprise here), but holds its own by virtue of its less assertive style.
Again, I think your nod toward cognac is telling and accurate. It does seem to me that it mimics a blending with some bourbons that are very old.............ones that have taken the very best from the wood.
I find it first rate, memorable, and quite smooth and easy to imbibe..... without giving up being a bourbon that demands your alert senses! Reminds me of some of the better Van Winkles in its sublety.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. - Dylan Thomas