The newest prize in our collection is a “wheater” from the upstart Colorado distillery founded by MGP’s long-time Master Distiller Greg Metze. This is a soft, supple bourbon with loads of sweet corn, oily texture and a healthy dose of oaken vanilla. The palate is booming with flavors of brown sugar, honeyed oats, and an unexpected hint of plum. This is one of those up-and-coming whiskeys you’ll want to be in the know about. Fewer than 170 bottles of this remarkable bourbon were produced, we think you know what that means.
Old Elk Distillery, in Fort Collins, is the brainchild of Greg Metze, who is best known as the master distiller at MGP (the source for many of your favorite American whiskeys) for 38 years, and Curt Richardson (founder of Otterbox and the reason your phone didn’t break when you dropped it the other day.) Metze has taken his bourbon experience and put it to good use with the pristine waters of Northern Colorado. Using a proprietary “slow cut” proofing process they gradually add water to the whiskey over several weeks to preserve the congeners in the whiskey… congeners are what give your favorite bottles their flavor. This visionary technique will eventually be copied by others in the future, bet your bottom dollar.