Old Elk

United States Founded in 2013
Old Elk Bourbon is handcrafted using a meticulous Slow Cut proofing process. It’s made exclusively from three ingredients: malted barley, rye, and corn, using four times more malted barley than traditional recipes. This results in a sweeter lighter Bourbon.

Old Elk delivers sweet aromas of vanilla and caramel, and baking spice, followed by sweet syrupy flavors and notes of chocolate, oak and nuttiness. The Slow Cut Bourbon Whiskey has received numerous accolades including: a Gold medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a Silver medal at 2018 WSWA Tasting Competition, 90 Points from Wine Enthusiast in 2018, and a Gold medal at the 2017 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival.
Who makes Old Elk Bourbon? Master distiller Greg Metze is the magic whiskey maker behind the scenes at the Old Elk Distillery. He began working at Old Elk following a historic 38-year career at Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, one of the world’s largest distilleries. He developed several types Whiskeys and even some Gin and Vodka during his time at Seagrams, making him quite the expert in Spirits (he also graduated form the University of Cincinnati in 1978 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering).
Old Elk Flavor Spiraltm
  • vanilla
  • honey
  • peach
  • toffee
  • almonds
  • nutmeg
  • marzipan
  • floral
  • fruit
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Old Elk Distillery is situated in Fort Collins, Colorado. Founded in 2013 by Curt and Nancy Richardson (creators of OtterBox and Blue Ocean Enterprises) in collaboration with Master Distiller Greg Metze, Old Elk consistently produces premium handcrafted Vodkas, Gins and Bourbons that deliver quality unlike any other.

Old Elk Distillery was named Colorado “Distillery of the Year"" by the New York International Spirits Competition for two consecutive years (2016-2017). This award-winning facility is behind expressions Old Elk Bourbon, Dry Town Gin, Dry Town Vodka and Nooku Bourbon Cream.

Old Elk Bourbon is handcrafted using their signature Slow Cut proofing process, which enhances the Bourbon’s flavors through a meticulous technique where the Spirit is cut to proof, left to rest, and the process is repeated. This method takes significantly longer than the traditional proofing process which takes 24-48 hours. This extra time allows the flavors to mingle, resulting in a smoother, more balanced Bourbon.

Crafted exclusively from three ingredients: malted barley, rye, and corn, the Old Elk recipe requires four times more malted barley than traditional recipes, creating a sweeter light character in the Bourbon. The malted barley, coupled with the spicy essence of rye, and the traditional corn, contributes to the bourbon’s overall robust flavor profile.

Their Colorado distillery also features a tasting room and eatery “The Reserve” allowing visitors to sample their various Spirits, accompanied by in depth tasting notes and inspired food pairings.
Distillery info:
  • Country United States
  • Established 2013
  • Status Active
  • Address 253 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA
  • Phone +1 970-419-7442
  • Websitehttps://www.oldelk.com
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