Old Elk Distillery recently announced a new release within its Cask Finish Series, launching its first Rye Whiskey finished in Barbados Rum Casks. Initiated in 2021, the Cask Finish Series will also bring back their Port and Cognac Cask Finish Straight Bourbon Whiskeys. The Cask Finish Series is based on Old Elk’s core products, including their High-Malt Bourbon and Rye Whiskey, offering creative and innovative flavor profiles for whiskey enthusiasts.
The base spirit of each product is aged five to six years, then rested in secondary finishes for six months, and bottled at barrel proof.
“We selected freshly harvested barrels from some of the most exclusive Caribbean producers and are looking forward to adding a new and exciting character to our Old Elk family of whiskies,” says Old Elk’s Master Distiller Greg Metze.
Old Elk Straight Rye Whiskey Rum Cask Finish (101 Proof) is finished in 14-year-old Barbados rum barrels with a mash bill contains 95% rye and 5% malted barley. GSN’s Remarks: Loads of rum notes on the nose. The entry is soft, sweet and very round. In spite of the high ABV, this goes down like an 80 proof. The whiskey itself has a smooth flavor with accented notes of vanilla, oak and caramel. The short rest in ex-rum casks really does a remarkable transformation on the high rye content. If you like experimental whiskies that tend toward the sweeter side of the spectrum, this will hit the spot. Very nice. GSN Rating: A
Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey Port Cask Finish (108.1 Proof) is aged in casks from Portugal with a high-malt mash bill of 51% Corn, 34% Barley, and 15% Rye. GSN’s Remarks: With a medium-light body, the usual suspects are here: sweet corn, fairly spicy rye and a solid barley mid-range. The port itself is quite subtle, adding just a touch of sweetness to a fairly spicy bourbon. A slight grape note comes out towards the tail end of the finish, but overall, the lasting impression is of a well aged whiskey. GSN Rating: B+
Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey Cognac Cask Finish (109.7 Proof) is matured in world-class cognac casks with a high-malt mash bill of 51% Corn, 34% Barley, and 15% Rye. GSN’s Remarks: The ex-cognac cask imparts a lovely high note of fine vine fruit, whilst the whiskey distillate remains an evocative canvas full of character on its own. A medium-light body with rye spice coming through towards the fnish, gives this a punchiness and strength. At the very end is a curious smokiness which is perhaps due to a heavier char on the American oak barrels. GSN Rating: A-
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