Jay Cutler and Brandon Enjoy 3 Whiskeys From Old Elk Distillery: The Double

by Chris Haney
(via Outsider/The Double)

We’re back this week with another episode of The Double with your co-hosts Jay Cutler and Brandon Chesbro. And in honor of Jay’s recent elk hunting trip to Montana, Brandon took the advice of some of our fans for this episode’s selections. We’ve gotten several requests for the guys to try out the whiskey from Colorado’s Old Elk Distillery. Considering Jay’s hunting trip, it sounds more than appropriate for this week’s taste test.

Fans of The Double know that Jay Cutler has had a rough start to hunting season this year. He went moose hunting in Maine for a few days with no luck. Instead, he walked about 50 miles in the wilderness and didn’t see a single moose. Plus, a buck on his Kentucky farm’s property he’s been tracking for months continues to evade him as well. So yea, Jay’s had a rough go of it this year so far.

However, when hunting lets Jay down, whiskey is here to pick him back up. And both of the guys are excited for this week’s offerings. They’ve been talking about tasting Old Elk on the show for months. They already like what they’ve tasted before from Old Elk. But after getting numerous requests for Jay and Brandon to try out the distillery’s spirits on the show, we’re finally making it happen on The Double.

Most recently, the friends drank Old Elk while in Maine on the moose hunting trip. Brandon joked that they’ve bought whiskey from the distillery before, but they keep drinking it.

“I think that’s the problem,” Brandon admitted. “We keep saying we’re going to do an episode [with Old Elk]. So we buy bottles and we drink them all before we’re supposed to actually shoot the episode.”

That seems like a good problem to have. We’re finally here though, with full Old Elk bottles in tow. So let’s get in another whiskey review on The Double before the guys drink all of the Old Elk once again.

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Old Elk Straight Rye Whiskey

  • Color: Deep Amber
  • Aroma: Spice, peach, cinnamon sugar, almost like peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream
  • Taste: Bold spice of rye, allspice, peach on the middle of the tongue, caramel on the finish, medium oak, slightly drying
  • Proof: 100 Proof, or 50% Alcohol by Volume
  • MSRP: $88.99

First, a little background on Old Elk Distillery and its founder. Many of you with smartphones likely have an OtterBox phone case or have at least heard of them. They’re arguably the most popular phone cases around. OtterBox owner Curt Richardson not only makes a great phone case, but he also creates amazing spirits in Fort Collins, Colorado with his Old Elk whiskeys.

Old Elk Distillery has numerous offerings to choose from, but per usual, Brandon only selected three for the show this week. To start out, we’re testing out the distillery’s flagship Old Elk Straight Rye Whiskey, and you all know the guys love their ryes.

“They do a hell of a job, man,” Jay Cutler said after taking his first sip.

“It’s so good… That rye is some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s incredible,” Brandon agreed.

The guys enjoy Old Elk so much, Jay said they should take The Double on the road to the distillery. Unfortunately, Brandon shared the bad news that they don’t have a tasting area for visitors. That led Jay to hilariously say, “Maybe we can just sit out front.” That’s just how much he enjoys their whiskey.

Old Elk Signature High-Malt Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  • Color: Deep Amber
  • Taste: Vanilla, caramel, and gentle spice.
  • Proof: 110 Proof, or 55% Alcohol by Volume
  • MSRP: $ N/A

Next up, we’ve got one of Old Elk’s specialty bottles from their Single Barrel series. The guys are tasting the Old Elk Signature High-Malt Straight Bourbon Whiskey as their second drink of the day. Available at 5 and 7 years old, the whiskey has four times more malt than your typical bourbon. The spirit is similar to the distillery’s flagship bourbon. However, the single barrel offering gives the high-malt bourbon “added dimensions of complexity,” according to Old Elk’s website.

“Whoa, talk about a difference from the rye,” Brandon said after taking his first sip.

“Wow, completely different,” Jay agreed.

“It literally tastes like corn,” Brandon amusingly added.

“It’s got some heat there at the end. Sneaks up on you a little bit,” Jay said.

“I get a tiny hint of that malted barley… I actually like that little, tiny hint of it there,” Brandon shared.

Old Elk Infinity Blend

  • Color: Deep Amber
  • Nose: Vanilla, aged and seasoned oak, and light caramel
  • Palate: Hearty oak, caramel, cinnamon, spices, cocoa, and brown sugar 
  • Finish: Spice intensifies with chocolate and charred oak
  • Proof: 114.9 Proof, or 57.45% Alcohol by Volume
  • MSRP: $159.99

As our last offering on the show, the guys are tasting a limited release that’s a unique one for sure. The Old Elk Infinity Blend is a creation from Master Distiller Greg Metze. He pairs the distillery’s “signature Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey high-malt mashbill with two classic and vintage Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskies.” Let’s try it out.

“I’m in love,” Brandon simply said.

“So good,” Jay Cutler added.

“I could literally drink that all day for the rest of my life,” Brandon continued.

“That was incredible,” Jay agreed. “It’s really, really good. As with all their products, we fell in love with a few bourbons and whiskeys on [The Double]. Old Elk, she might be our girl.”

So there you have it. The co-hosts of The Double are all-in on Old Elk’s whiskeys. In fact, it might be their favorite distillery yet out of all the whiskeys and bourbons they’ve tried on the show. We’ll be back next week with more whiskeys and we’ll see if another distillery can dethrone Old Elk. Until then, cheers, guys!