Curt Richardson, a legendary businessman whom you might know for Otterbox, is a true Bourbon lover. In 2013, he decided to translate his passion into an amber liquid he could call his own. He paired up with the industry veteran, Master Distiller Greg Metze (who used to work for MGP in Indiana) and started producing. Their flagship Bourbon is a careful blend of three Straight Bourbons from three distilleries in New York, Colorado and Indiana, but they are all based on the same recipe. Someday, Old Elk Bourbon will be created in Fort Collins in its entirety. The Bourb’ goes through a proprietary proofing process called “Slow Cut” where water is added to the Spirit slowly over the period of several weeks. The idea is to preserve as much congeners (magic aroma-and-taste substances) as possible.
Old Elk Bourbon is a premium Spirit that stands out. To create a light, sweet and smooth Bourbon, Master Magician Metze lowered the content of corn to the legal minimum of 51%, and amped up malted barley to 34% (sweetness) and rye to 15% (spice). “Smooth” is often thrown around with Whiskey, but the slow proofing process and Metze’s mash bill really do something magical to the Bourbon.
I didn't like it at all. To harsh not my taste at all
A very good bourbon
Smooth & Excellent
Good Solid hearty Bourbon taste
Solid overall. Flavorful and smooth.
This is a very pleasing Bourbon. Still learning the Flaviar rating system, but I can see buying this again soon.
Initially sweet, then met by a good amount of spice. Many characteristics that make it feel like a Rye.
A smooth whiskey with a hint of spice. To much of a rye harshness to be an every day for me but I did enjoy it in boulevadiers
The sweetness starts the build up, a nice spice the finishes smooooth. Me happy :)
Very nice mild and smooth
Solid 'go-to' bourbon. Delicious. Got better over the first week as it opened up. Goes in smooth and on the way down reminds you just enough you just sipped some good bourbon.
A smooth, sweet slow-sipper, perfect for a quiet night in.
Nice whiskey. Bit harsh for me. Definitely would not turn down a glass of it. I would put it high middle of whiskeys I have tried here.
Delicious & sweet
Good smooth all around sipper, a little sweeter than you might expect, bottle about half gone I’ll think I’ll have another ;)
Leads you in with vanilla, with a hint of caramel... but doesn’t disappoint! A smooth drink with long legs - easy to sip on a Christmas evening.
Vanilla up front, spicy at back. Smooth all the way through with subtle dark fruit notes throughout. Easily drinkable. No harshness or sting at all. Can’t knock this whiskey for anything.
A nice surprise, very smooth & drinkable
I thought it was excellent. I will have a bottle of this in my cabinet at all times.
Good, solid bourbon but wasn't anything extraordinary.
Very nice and easy. Smooth burnt caramel and vanilla with a bit of spice. The smooth finish is great. Excellent neat or with a rock.
A great building spicy finish. Smooth to start.
It was very smooth tastes slight notes of oak
Really like it. Clean and smooth. Have had it neat, but will try on the rocks next. Wouldn't want to mix, too tasty.
Smooth with a great finish. Packed a wallup and created a very cheery atmosphere for all that sampled this fine example of American craftsmanship.
Delish and smooth
Sweet, smooth, good short and sharp aftertaste. Good neat or with rocks. Nothing extremely mind blowing, but a darn solid bourbon
Smooth, but less flavor than I like. Not noting caramel and only getting a faint vanilla very late after a sip. Good sippin', but not near the top of the list.
Not stunning, but good. Smooth with decent oak, but not a whole lot going on. Just not that flavorful; no lingering finish.
Old elk just became one of my favorites. Starts very sweet, and then a mild oak taste hits without being too woody or bitter.
Really good bourbon.
Sweet corn and spice nose. Caramel and vanilla notes, spicier on the finish.
Lots of vanilla, caramel, and oak with spicy finish. A very smooth and tasty bourbon.
Really enjoyed this. I put this in my stash bourbon, meaning if your in my house I would have to really like you a lot to give you a shot of this!!!
Very smooth. Good everyday sipper.
Went down very smooth but there was a peculiar film or after taste left in my mouth. Will try it over ice or with a few splashes of water to see if it mellows out the sweetness a bit. Over ice was nice! Cut the sweetness and filmy after taste. Highly recommend over ice.
Big oak flavor, spicy up front, decent finish. Good over ice. Will purchase again.
Old Elk was as advertised, smooth, sweet and spicy. By far the sweetest bourbon I've ever had. My palate was initially hit with a burst of sweetness followed by a blast of spice on the back end. Went down very smooth but there was a peculiar film or after taste left in my mouth. Will try it over ice or with a few splahes of water to see if it mellows out the sweetness a bit.
Over ice was nice! Cut the sweetness and filmy after taste. Highly recommend over ice.
Wow! A rich, vanilla nose with a warm smooth finish of spice.
Solid and well crafted. Starts out with a rather subtle flavor but quickly get a nice spicy hit. Pleasant lingering that makes you want a second.
Balanced, smooth, grainy and a little sweet
Very enjoyable bourbon. Very sweet with a nice smooth mouth feel. After the bottle has had a few pours it gets even better.
Lots of vanilla and caramel with a short finish. Good overall bourbon.
This is damn good. Smooth, slightly sweet and a great finish
This was a good bourbon. Ice cubes help mellow the heat and really releases the flavors.
Solid bourbon, sweet vanilla and caramel turns into a nice, somewhat short, spicey finish. Some oak and rye in there as well. I have found similiar bourbons for better prices.
This bourbon starts a little hot but mellows out nicely with an ice cube or two.
It's a very smooth bourbon with a nice flavor.
This was my first bottle from Flaviar... it did not disappoint. I like Old Fashioned drinks... and Old Elk seemed to work well with just about everything I have tried. I did have it neat, the first time and while it was smooth, I prefer it on the rock... with a little orange...
Smooth, light on the nose, not too hot on the back end. Good enough to drink neat. Would compete with many of the high end Kentucky Bourbons.
Very good. Sweet and smooth, just a slightly odd backend.
Solid taste with a hint of young notes but did open up after a bit.
Very smooth, easy to drink neat. Fully enjoy this one!
Amazing. My new favorite. So smooth.
Solid bourbon. Easy to drink. Makes a good julep. I don’t find the flavors strong, they fall flat and don’t hang around too long.
First time trying blended bourbon, complex but felt fully blended, I didnt taste 3 whiskeys I tasted one great one. Sweet with hint of corn and very little spice. Not heavy alcohol taste very approachable for most palates.
What a pleasant bourbon this is! On the nose your typical caramel and vanilla shine through with hints of fruit. The palate was clean, oaky and almost nutty too. Spice was near perfect with the rye and finished smooth with notes of cherry, wood sweetness. Well done!
Delicious spirit at the price. I particularly enjoyed the finish which has a healthy bit not overpowering kick