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Old Elk Debuts A Rye Whiskey Finished In Barbados Rum Casks

Colorado’s Old Elk Distillery recently announced a new release from its Cask Finish Series, its first Rye Whiskey finished in Barbados Rum Casks.

Also, plans call for the Cask Finish Series will to bring back the popular Port and Cognac Cask Finish Straight Bourbon Whiskeys.

A statement from the distiller notes that the Cask Finish Series is based on Old Elk’s core products, including its High-Malt Bourbon and Rye Whiskey.

Old Elk Rye Whiskey Rum Cask Finish
Colorado’s Old Elk Distillery recently announced a new release from its Cask Finish Series, its first Rye Whiskey finished in Barbados Rum Casks. (image via Old Elk)

“I’m excited about the newest addition to the Cask Finish Series with our Straight Rye Whiskey Rum Cask Finish, which puts a new twist on our award-winning rye,” said Greg Metze, Old Elk’s master distiller. “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.”

The base spirit of each product is aged five to six years, then rested in secondary finishes for six months. It’s bottled at barrel proof.

“We had great casks in our inaugural year, so we’re bringing back two of the four with Port and Cognac,” said Old Elk CEO Luis Gonzalez. “And for our new Rum Cask Finish Rye, some might have heard select single barrels of this finish were sold. Now, there is a chance for more retailers to enjoy this stellar combination.”

Melinda Maddox, beverage director at Old Elk Distillery, said that most of the flavor in the whiskey comes from the aging process, and the secondary aging of the cask finishes adds depth to these expressions. “By resting our whiskies in these unique casks, we can keep the liquid our fans know and love today and enhance the flavor with the cask of another world-class product.”

Old Elk’s Cask Finish Series includes:

  • Old Elk Straight Rye Whiskey Rum Cask Finish is finished in 14-year-old Barbados rum barrels, offering a balance of richness and complexity, featuring aromas of allspice and a complex flavor profile, ending with tobacco and overripe pineapple. The mash bill contains 95% rye and 5% malted barley. 101 proof, 50.5% ABV.
  • Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey Port Cask Finish is aged in casks from Portugal. The port finish brings out a taste of ripe fruit with an aroma of oak and sweet honey and a sweet flavor from the Old Elk high-malt mash bill of 51% Corn, 34% Barley, and 15% Rye. 108.1 proof, 54.05% ABV.
  • Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey Cognac Cask Finish is matured in Cognac casks and yields aromas of honey, orchid, apples, oak, and a flavor profile featuring smoke on the finish, which can be attributed to the Old Elk high-malt mash bill of 51% Corn, 34% Barley, and 15% Rye. 109.7 proof, 54.85% ABV.

Old Elk’s Limited-Edition Cask Finish Series is distributed by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and is now available at retailers nationwide in the United States for a suggested retail price of $99.99 per 750 ml bottle.

For more information, check out www.oldelk.com.

Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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