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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.

Art of the Spirits

Who makes it? Art of the Spirits

Mash Bill: 1st: Final Run- 90% corn 5% rye 5% malted barley – 2nd: The Originals- 99% Corn 1% malted barley – 3rd: Easy Elegance- 90% rye 5% corn 5% malted barley – 4th: Krule 2B Kind 100% corn

We sit down with Richard Paul the owner/creator of Art of the Spirits and get to taste all four of these amazing bottles. We started with his best and Richard was right Kris and Erik both enjoyed that one the most coming in at 128 proof, with a nose full of spice and the finish of oak and cinnamon. The second was fruity on the nose with cherries and apricots, going down smooth with a little bit of heat that sneaks up on you, pleasantly though. The third spice on the nose again and this time Erik caught a little bit of Earl Gray. The fourth single barrel had a great nose was a little lighter on the palate with caramel at the fore front.

Kris gave it 7

Erik gave it 7.5

How much: This will run you from $200 to 70$ depending on the bottle and which store you find it in.

Richard Paul in 2016 did some research and found that whiskey was going to to be the number one spirit by 2019. He loved all that you could do with whiskey, the elegance, the labeling and since he worked with David Uhl and Danial James he decided put their artwork on the labels.