Old Elk Private Select 6 Year Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Wheat Whiskey
Southern”Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Old Elk Private Select produces just 150 barrels of whiskey per year, although it’s in the process of building a huge new distillery. The bulk of its whiskeys currently in bottle were distilled at MGP Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. That’s not just because MGP has the capacity; Old Elk’s master distiller, Greg Metze, was a long-time employee at the Lawrenceburg facility, holding the title of master distiller when he resigned in June 2016. While still employed at MGP, Metze designed Old Elk’s custom mashbills and oversaw its first distillations. Now mature, these whiskeys have been nurtured by him from start to finish.
Smooth enough to be had alone or added as a delicious kick to your favorite mixed drink, this drink is of the highest quality and includes only the finest ingredients. Carefully selected for its distinctive flavor profile, this drink is distilled for a smooth, bold taste.
Five year old bourbon; 51% corn, 45% wheat, 4% malted barley. Old Elk Private Select bourbon offers a simple but rather pungent nose, with notes of both menthol and barrel char in evidence. Light aromas of chocolate, malt balls, and some pepper all emerge in time. The palate’s a bit on the thin side, with more bite than I expected. A youthful barrel note is prominent, but there’s lots of caramel and vanilla to brighten things up as it settles into a sweeter groove over time. 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.