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1350 Distilling Review #0023 – 5 Bottles!!!

Who makes it? 1350 Distilling, Whiskey is sourced

Mash Bill: The Guardian and Code Four are both 99% Corn, aged 3 years. Leatherneck is a Rye whiskey

Our third mail call from 1350 Distilling included 5 bottles! We put all 5 to the tast test, the Guardian Bourbon is great all around bourbon thats an easy sipper. The Leatherneck has a little more to it, that’s because it’s heavy on the rye and that spice shines through without being overpowering. A cube tames it down and lets more flavor through. Next was the Code Four Cask Strength, this was Kris’s Favorite while Erik preferred the Guardian. The Code Four definitely packs more of a punch coming in at 115 proof and it lets you know it! Good flavor, picks up more with the addition of an icecube. The Five Alarm is Bourbon and Cinnamon, no sugar here. If you’re thinking Fireball then you’ve got it all wrong. Lastly the Gin is interesting since it’s base is made from sugarbeets and 6 other ingredients which one is a closely guarded secret.

How much: from 40- 50$ but for Code Four it’ll run 70$

Phil Bragg retired from the Marines after 27 years of service as a mechanical engineer. Then with wife Kandis and 2 other friends turned his hobby into a business and created 1350 Distilling. 13 stripes and 50 stars, after you know that it will stick with you forever. The center piece is a custom made steam injected still that is shaped like a military round that puts out 100 gallons of distillate. This military themed distillery is high on community and always there for the veterans. We met Phil Bragg in person and took the tour and we’ll never forget it. Had such a great time, can’t wait to do it again.

Interview with Phil Bragg of 1350 Distilling

Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey vs Old Elk Sour Mash

Who makes it? Old Elk

Mash Bill: 51% corn, 34% malted barley, and 15% rye. Sour mash is the same, just different yeast strain experiment.

I already had a bottle of Old Elk Straight Bourbon but my cousin Jason brought down the Old Elk Sour Mash Small Batch.

Me and my cousin both agreed that we like the Sour Mash offering better. While the Straight Bourbon felt it had more heat, definitely got better with the addition of an ice cube. This one also seemed to have more spice to it. The Sour Mash had more of a cherry, chocolate covered cherry, sour taste but much smoother on the finish. We both agreed that even though we both like our whiskies chilled we would rather drink this one straight from the bottle.

How much: the Old Elk Straight bourbon was 70 while the Sour Mash will run you about 80.

Curt Richardson is the one behind Old Elk and also the visionary behind the Otter Box. He worked with MGP and with a specific Master Distiller, Greg Metze. After creating many recipes and mashbills for Old Elk, Curt hired Greg to come work at Old Elk and you now see his signature on all the bottles.