Old Elk Wheated Bourbon Review

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Old Elk Wheated Bourbon is made with a mash bill of 51% corn, 45% wheat, 4% malted barley. That's a lot of wheat!! So what's it like? Read our review to find out!

Old Elk Wheated Bourbon
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
92 Proof
MSRP: ~$65 (avg price ~$70)

Please enjoy our Old Elk Wheated Bourbon Review!

A Little Old Elk Distillery History

What happens when you put together the Founder and Developer of OtterBox and the long time master distiller at MGP? Well, you get Old Elk Distillery, of course! Old Elk is based in Fort Collins, CO. But don’t go trying to find the distillery – you can’t – it’s not on the map! However, you can find The Reserve By Old Elk, their boutique cocktail bar, right there in downtown Fort Collins!

Mash Bill

Old Elk Wheated Bourbon is made with a mash bill of 51% corn, 45% wheat & 4% malted barley. That’s a lot of wheat!! In addition, the bourbon is aged a minimum of 5 years.

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Tasting Notes

Let’s taste it:

🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉Nose: Toffee, plums, tart and dark cherries, light cinnamon, brown sugar, light cedar & oak; relatively mild alcohol
👉Taste: Toffee, oak, brown sugar, dark cherry
👉Finish: Brown sugar sweetness and dark stone fruits continue into the finish and pick up some char and black pepper that linger for a long time, with cinnamon joining at the end; moderate burn

Old Elk Wheated Bourbon has noticeable sweetness, toffee, fruit and oak in the nose, but the alcohol seems fairly mild. The fruit is a bit reminiscent of a deeper Fruit Stripe Gum type flavor. The flavors continue into the taste, although the type of stone fruit seems to change along the way. They all continue into the finish, and pick up noticeable spice. The finish is long with a moderate burn.

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This is a very easy to drink bourbon, similar to the Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It’s got a bit more sweetness and richness to it, which I am assuming is due to the very high wheat content. Overall, the flavors work well together to create an enjoyable pour.

I hope you have enjoyed our Old Elk Wheated Bourbon Review! If you would like to learn about another Old Elk bourbon, check out our Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Review!

Thank you to Sophia & Old Elk for providing this sample!

Background photo: Old Elk Press Kit

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