We Cut With Purpose

Patient Proofing for Smoother Bourbon

Traditionally, the bourbon proofing process takes 24-48 hours. However, we choose to do it for significantly longer (weeks instead of days) and in smaller increments to keep the liquid cool when going from barrel to bottling proof. We call this patient technique our “Slow Cut™” proofing process which is used for our flagship bourbon. We see this critical Slow Cut™ proofing step as not only adding to the ideal “smooth and rich” character of Old Elk Bourbon, but also demonstrating our ongoing commitment to making the highest quality and smoothest bourbon whiskey without cutting any corners and giving the product the right amount time it needs to be the very best.


The Science Behind Our Slow Cut™ Proofing Process

To proof alcohol, water is added until the liquid has reached a desired strength. When water is added to alcohol, heat is generated. At a distillery scale, hundreds of gallons of water are used at a time – enough to burn off many of the lighter, finer bourbon flavors. Our choice to proof differently means that we can bottle every last drop of flavor, and retain the smoothness that is unique to Old Elk. While our Slow Cut™ proofing process takes significantly longer than most common recipes, taking the time to proof slowly makes all the difference.

Distinct Qualities

Tasting Notes

The Old Elk recipe includes three quality ingredients – malted barley, rye, and corn. By investing in our bourbon and using four times more malted barley than traditional recipes, the bourbon generates sweet, light components. The malted barley, combined with spicy essence of clove from the rye, and the traditional rich bourbon character from the corn, creates the overall robust taste profile.

Tasting Profile - Best for Sipping Whiskey:

Aroma: Sweet vanilla and caramel, clove spice, slight maple, and nutty almond
Taste: Maple syrup, almond, raw bran, chocolate, deep wood, and coconut
Mouthfeel: Smooth and coating with a lasting flavor

The Process

Old Elk Distillery

We started with passion and vision: to transcend tradition by creating a timeless bourbon recipe and innovative process that elevates the bourbon landscape. This evolved into the collaboration of Old Elk Distillery with Master Distiller Greg Metze, whose visionary leadership refined and enhanced the Old Elk bourbon recipe to create a top shelf bourbon.

Old Elk Distillery is currently a production facility, with a vision to open a larger distillery in Colorado. The Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey recipe was created by the Old Elk Distillery team and Greg Metze. To help age and blend the bourbon whiskey, Old Elk worked with three key partners to ensure the quality and consistency of our barrel-aged blended bourbon. Every Old Elk Bourbon barrel is hand-selected by our distilling team, where they follow sensory and sampling criteria to ensure the barrels create a consistent blended profile year after year.


a reason to celebrate

old elk bourbon AWARDS

Gold | 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Silver | 2018 WSWA Tasting Competition
90 Points | 2018 Wine Enthusiast
Gold | 2017 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival
2016 & 2017 Colorado Distillery of the Year | New York International Spirits Competition

Additional Distillery Products
Nooku Bourbon Cream

Nooku Bourbon Cream is the first true bourbon cream, crafted using only Old Elk's high malt bourbon recipe blended with fresh dairy cream. This unique product is a creation from Old Elk Distillery and was awarded Gold at the 2017 New York International Spirits Competition.

What better way to create the smoothest whiskey cocktail, than with Nooku Bourbon Cream? Try Nooku in your favorite cocktail and baking recipes.

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