The bourbon sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost, courtesy of the respective company.

Old Elk is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, but sources its whiskey from other places. They have decided to take a little longer in proofing their whiskey. The distillery calls this process “slow cut.”

The slow-cut process takes weeks instead of days and is done in smaller increments. The smaller increments keep the liquid cool when going from barrel to bottling-proof. They explain that it keeps the bourbon “smooth and rich.”

Other Colorado bourbons I have reviewed have faired well. I’m not sure if it is the altitude or the mountain water, but all have been clean and crisp. 


At first glance, the liquid has a deeper amber color than other wheated bourbons I have sampled. Hints of cherry and chocolate fill the glass with a touch of clove.

With some wheated bourbons, you get an earthy taste, but not with Old Elk. I am wondering if the proofing process eliminates that taste. The bourbon, however, is complex with roasted oak, cherry and cinnamon.

The finish is good with little to no heat, but it did leave me wanting a little more. Depending on my mood, I do enjoy a little more heat, which this bourbon is lacking.

If you are a fan of Weller or other high-wheated bourbons, this is a great alternative. It is still pricey at $80, but it is comparable to other brands in its category.

This whiskey receives 3/5 Barrels.

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