Old Elk Bourbon WhiskeyCrafted in Fort Collins, Colorado, by former MGP master distiller Greg Metze, Old Elk is a different kind of bourbon right out of the gate. Blended is a curious term to see on a Whiskey Labels these days, and Ill let Metze and crew explain what that means here: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, said Greg Metze, Master Distiller at Old Elk Distillery. 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.Also of note, the mashbill for Old Elk is 51% corn, 34% malted barley, and 15% rye. Thats a wacky mash with a ton more barley than is typical for bourbon ” and is responsible for the innovative, yet steadfast recipe to which Metze is referring.Tasting NotesThe Old Elk recipe includes three quality ingredients “ malted barley, rye, and corn. By investing in our bourbon and using four times more malted barley than traditional recipes, the bourbon generates sweet, light components. The malted barley, combined with spicy essence of clove from the rye, and the traditional rich bourbon character from the corn, creates the overall robust taste profile.Tasting Profile Best for Sipping Whiskey:Aroma: Sweet vanilla and caramel, clove spice, slight maple, and nutty almondTaste: Maple syrup, almond, raw bran, chocolate, deep wood, and coconutMouthfeel: Smooth and coating with a lasting flavorBourbon Process QualitiesOur slow cut proofing enhances the bourbons flavors through a patient process where full barrel proof bourbon is cut, then left to rest, and repeated. While traditional proofing takes 24-48 hours, our slow cutting technique, developed over several test periods, takes significantly longer. This intentional time period allows the flavors to marry between stages, until the exact character is achieved, creating an overall smoother bourbon whiskey.