Excerpt: Personally, I could use a little more traditional bourbon flavor in this one. But Metze isn’t wrong that it’s unlike anything else you’re likely to have on your shelf. And it’s certainly easy to drink. It’ll be fun to see where Old Elk takes it in the years ahead.
Excerpt: On the finish, a soft, soothing caramel character endures alongside notes of milk chocolate and a touch of red pepper. It’s altogether agreeable, but like many young wheated bourbons, it’s not really a showstopper.
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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 Wheated Bourbon, aged 5 years and bottled at 46% ABV.
Sweet cream, brown sugar, honey, praline and a bit of toffee. Light pepper character, moderate oak.
Sweet on the palate. Cream, light oak, some pepper and tobacco. Really enjoyable caramel / creme brulee character here, with a hint of light fruit - white grape and peach. Sweet honey, lovely complexity.
Long finish. Brown sugar, brown butter, a bit of oak and more tobacco. Lovely complexity once again, plenty of sweet, tannins and light fruit to stay interesting.
I quite like this. I like it a lot. There's tons of character here, and the oak, sweetness and light fruit are perfect bedfellows. Really solid, well orchestrated wheated bourbon.
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