Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon
Old Elk // (bottled in) Colorado, USA
Old Elk Bourbon is created by master distiller Greg Metze, formerly of MGP, for Old Elk Distillery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Two unique aspects of its production are a much higher proportion of malted barley than is typical in a bourbon (along with corn and rye), as well as a slower proofing process for bringing the barrel-strength whiskey down to its final proof for bottling. It is bottled at 44% abv.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
""Smooth" is a frequently used descriptor for whiskey, and it's particularly apt here: this is a fairly light bourbon, and there's nothing harsh about it. The high-proportion of a malted barley gives it a uniquely cereal character, and on the palate the whiskey brings flavors of vanilla, cherry, and a mildly medicinal note. It's overall character is fairly muted, however, and one wishes for there to be more intensity or more complexity to justify its price."