Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon


Old Elk // (bottled in) Colorado, USA

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    3 out of 5 stars
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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.

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  • Bourbon
    Produced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
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    new, charred American oak

Tasting Notes

""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."

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