Old ElkⓇ Distillery Announces its First Rye Whiskey Finished in Barbados Rum Casks

“The newest additions to our portfolio mix old-world appeal with our refined and beloved Signature Bourbon in addition to a brand new twist to our Rye,” says Old Elk’s Master Distiller and whiskey trade legend, Greg Metze.

Old Elk Distillery is proud to announce a brand new launch inside its Cask Finish Series, launching its first Rye Whiskey completed in Barbados Rum Casks. Initiated in 2021, the Cask Finish Series may even carry again two crowd favorites – the gold medal-winning Port and Cognac Cask Finish Straight Bourbon Whiskeys. The Cask Finish Series is predicated on Old Elk’s core merchandise, together with its award-winning High-Malt Bourbon and Rye Whiskey, providing inventive and progressive taste profiles for whiskey fans nationwide.

“I’m excited concerning the latest addition to the Cask Finish Series with our Straight Rye Whiskey Rum Cask Finish, which places a brand new twist on our award-winning Rye,” says Old Elk’s Master Distiller and whiskey trade legend, Greg Metze. “We chosen freshly harvested barrels from a few of the most unique Caribbean producers and are trying ahead to including a brand new and thrilling character to our Old Elk household of whiskies.”

The base spirit of every product is aged 5 to 6 years, then rested in secondary finishes for six months, and bottled at barrel proof.

“We had nice casks in our inaugural yr, so we’re bringing again two of the 4 with Port and Cognac,” provides Old Elk’s CEO, Luis Gonzalez. “And for our new Rum Cask Finish Rye: some might need heard choose single barrels of this end had been bought. Now, there’s a probability for extra retailers to take pleasure in this stellar mixture.”    

“These whiskeys include a brand new stage of taste, particularly the Rum Cask Finish Rye, and we’re excited to carry them to our shoppers’ glasses,” says Melinda Maddox, Beverage Director of Old Elk Distillery. “Most of the flavour in a whiskey comes from the getting old course of, and the secondary getting old of the cask finishes provides unimaginable depth to those expressions. By resting our whiskies in these distinctive casks, we are able to maintain the liquid our followers know and love immediately and improve the flavour with the cask of one other world-class product.”

The Cask Finish Series at the moment presents the next:

Old Elk Straight Rye Whiskey Rum Cask Finish is completed in 14-year-old Barbados rum barrels, providing a harmonious stability of richness and complexity, that includes aromas of allspice and a daring, advanced taste profile, ending with tobacco and overripe pineapple. The mash invoice accommodates 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 end brings out a luscious style of deep wealthy, ripe fruit with an aroma of oak and candy honey and a candy taste from the Old Elk high-malt mash invoice of 51% Corn, 34% Barley, and 15% Rye. 108.1 Proof, 54.05% ABV. Winner of Gold Medal, 2021: 92 Points, Exceptional, Beverage Testing Institute.

Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey Cognac Cask Finish is matured in world-class cognac casks and yields aromas of honey, orchid, apples, oak, and a taste profile that includes smoke on the end, which will be attributed to the Old Elk high-malt mash invoice of 51% Corn, 34% Barley, and 15% Rye. 109.7 Proof, 54.85% ABV. Winner of Gold Medal, 2021: 92 Points, Exceptional, Beverage Testing Institute.    

Old Elk’s Limited-Edition Cask Finish Series is distributed by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and shall be accessible at retailers nationwide within the United States beginning on January 19, 2023, with a recommended retail value of $99.99 per 750 ml bottle.


Rooted in innovation, high quality, craftsmanship, and integrity, Old Elk Distillery of Fort Collins, CO, was based in 2013. Founder Curt Richardson desired to create a particular portfolio of whiskeys that embodied his ardour for whiskey, and he succeeded. In 2016, Greg Metze joined the staff as Master Distiller, bringing his 40 years of expertise within the whiskey trade to Old Elk. While the signature Old Elk Slow Cut® proofing course of takes considerably longer than most, taking the additional time makes all of the distinction. The proof is within the liquid. Today, the Old Elk portfolio is out there in all 50 states, delivering award-winning merchandise that span a number of whiskey classes. The complete product portfolio consists of Old Elk’s signature high-malt Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Wheated Bourbon Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Straight Rye Whiskey, and Straight Wheat Whiskey, Whiskeysmith Co.™ Flavored Whiskey, Nooku® Bourbon Cream, and Dry Town® Gin. For extra info, please go to

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