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Spirit of the Week

Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Regularly $55.99, Introductory Price $47.59

This whiskey is new to the MA market. I was tasted on it recently and thought that it was unique, and delicious, so I thought I’d let our whiskey enthusiasts have a shot at it. Old Elk Distillery is a craft distiller based in Fort Collins, Colorado. The mashbill is 51% corn, 34% malted barley, and 15% rye. It’s crafted by former MGP master distiller Greg Metzery. Here’s what he had to say about this:

“We use traditional ingredients – malted barley, corn and rye – in an innovative, yet steadfast recipe to create a bourbon with smooth, rich flavors that act in harmony with caramel cues brought out by the charred barrels and spicy rye notes. After testing a variety of proofing periods, we found that these flavors come together in a smoother bourbon when the proofing stages are longer. Instead of taking the usual 24 to 48 hours for proofing, we use a slow cut proofing process during which full-barrel proof bourbon is cut and left to rest – and we repeat this patient technique until the ideal character is achieved. It takes significantly longer than most common recipes, but taking the time to proof slowly makes all the difference.”

Gingerbread notes are heavy on the nose, with spicy rye notes, caramel corn, marzipan, and a hint of cherry peeking through. On the palate the whiskey is round and soothing, with notes of brown butter, caramel sauce, and again a hint of that cherry fruit making an appearance. More almond and wood notes make a stronger appearance as the finish develops, which comes together as a slightly raspy character with notes of toasty wood, barrel char, and a heavier corny note.