Old Elk 'Elks Lodge 150th Anniversary Collaboration' Blended Straight Bourbon
Take note of the name prominently scribed on the front label - Greg Metze. A veteran master distiller, Metze may just be one of today’s most prominent distillers you’ve rarely heard of. Former master distiller at MGP - the Indiana distillery behind many sourced brands along with their well-known 95% rye - Metze resigned from his role there in 2016 to venture into the bourbon consulting business. He now works exclusively with Old Elk Distillery.
Old Elk also uses a low corn/high barley mashbill in their bourbon (51% corn/34% barley/15% rye). Very unusual but less spicy than rye and less savory than corn and probably the contributing factor to this whiskey's "smoothness".
Then there's the blend itself. Whiskies come from Indiana, New York(!), and Colorado, Old Elk's homestate, all custom made for Old Elk under Metze's directions.
Finally, the proofing. Most people don't realize how important titrating water is when proofing down whiskey. Go too fast and some congeners can be knocked out of solution. Industry standard is 2-3 days but Old Elk takes several weeks to perserve maximum flavor.
This bottling was in honor of the 150 anniversary of the founding of the first Elk's Lodge but the juice inside is the same.