2022 Old Elk Double Wheat
As the name suggests, Old Elk has doubled down on their wheated whiskey offering by blending “two of Old Elk’s most beloved and awarded wheater whiskeys: Old Elk Straight Wheat Whiskey and Old Elk Wheated Bourbon, creating a unique pour,” which Drinkhacker reviewed in 2020. The whiskeys are aged between 6 to 8 years, and mashbill comprises 71.5% wheat, 25% corn, and 3.5% barley. The nose is fruity and crisp with a touch of mint alongside cinnamon-forward mulled cider. The palate is greeted instantly with the same bright cinnamon spiciness, with cocoa powder driving a drier profile than the nose. The profile quickly pivots to reinforce the heavy amount of wheat in the blend, showcasing the bold but soft grains. For fans of wheated whiskeys, this is a solid addition that exhibits some keen blending technique that highlights the most rewarding notes of the originals, while still delivering something different and satisfying on its own terms. 107.1 proof.