Excerpt: I had high hopes it was going to be as awesome as Remus Repeal Reserve Bourbon which he 100% distilled and was aged in Indiana, but not put out by him, is so darn good. Lots of irony going on here. But again, I’m not disheartened by this because the stuff I’m really interested in trying from Old Elk is the stuff Greg will be putting out in a couple years; a future I’m definitely excited for.
Excerpt: This is an approachable – and affordable – sipper if there ever was one. Old Elk is required to label it as a “blended bourbon” at the moment, because the MGP sourcing includes facilities in three states.
Excerpt: The taste is smooth with notes of honey, brown sugar, anise, touches of black pepper and cilantro, vanilla, and a green apple tartness that comes in late and lasts through the finish with touches of caramel, honey, and brown sugar. Nice!
Excerpt: They’re all classic hallmarks of bourbon, to be sure, but nonetheless take the experience a bit too far to the savory side. Otherwise, it’s a unique bourbon — but not one that is so crazy as to throw you off — that is firing on all cylinders.
Excerpt: Once again, another blend of straight whiskeys manages to perform really strongly. This expression combines a lot of great flavor and character to overcome a meek nose and deliver a satisfying palate and finish that performs.
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Distilled by Greg Metze for MGP in Indiana and bottled by Greg Metze for Old Elk in Colorado, this particular bottling is the brand's blend of Straight Bourbons, aged 5 years and bottled at 44% ABV.
A bit less fragrant on the nose compared to some other Elks, but still a bit going on. Mostly brown sugar, toffee, a hint of pepper and some sweet oak. Not wildly complex.
Sweet on the palate, medium mouth feel. Low to no perceived ethanol, a bit of oak and cocoa. Sweet cream, toffee, light caramel.
Long finish, lots of cocoa, honey, caramel and a bit of toffee on the finish. Finish is much longer than expected, but it's pretty complex.
Once again, another blend of straight whiskeys manages to perform really strongly. This expression combines a lot of great flavor and character to overcome a meek nose and deliver a satisfying palate and finish that performs.
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