Old Elk Armagnac Cask Finish Bourbon
Old Elk Armagnac Cask Finish Bourbon at Third Base Market & Spirits
Third Base Market & Spirits is elated to feature a unique and enthralling expression from the distinguished American distillery Old Elk—the Armagnac Cask Finish Bourbon. Representing an audacious collaboration between two distinct spirits traditions, this limited-release bourbon marries the craft of American whiskey making with the sophistication of French Armagnac casks.
- Name: Old Elk Armagnac Cask Finish Bourbon
- Type: Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- Age: Not officially disclosed, but suggested aging varies between 5-7 years
- Region: Colorado, USA
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV): Varies by release, often around 50-55%
Tasting Notes and Technical Description:
The liquid displays a seductive hue of rich mahogany with undertones of dark amber, promising a complex and mature experience. A twirl of the glass reveals viscous legs, indicative of its full-bodied nature.
The aromatic bouquet is a kaleidoscope of sensations. Initially, you are greeted with familiar bourbon accents—notes of caramel, vanilla, and toasted oak. These swiftly make room for more exotic influences, with hints of dark fruit, marmalade, and a compelling touch of Armagnac-derived nuttiness.
Upon the first sip, a blast of classic bourbon elements rushes the palate—corn sweetness, a touch of rye spiciness, and oak-led tannins. Yet, it’s the middle of the experience where the Armagnac influence unmistakably comes to the fore. Dark cherries, dried apricots, and a touch of anise intermingle with rich leather and dark chocolate undertones.
The finish is luxuriously long, characterized by lingering flavors of dried fruit and a gentle warmth that dances around the nuanced spice and oak elements. The Armagnac casks offer a final whisper, contributing an ineffable, almost vinous, complexity to the final act.
The mouthfeel is exceptionally silky and robust, leading to a multi-layered drinking experience. The full-bodied nature of the bourbon is complemented by the exquisite smoothness imparted by the Armagnac casks.
Third Base Market & Spirits Perspective:
The Old Elk Armagnac Cask Finish Bourbon is a remarkable venture into the world of cask-finished whiskeys. It has the gravitas of a collector’s item while maintaining an accessibility that beckons frequent, thoughtful sipping.
Its complexity allows it to be paired effortlessly with a range of cuisines—from rich, creamy dishes to robustly flavored meats. It also makes an intriguing base for cocktail experimentation, particularly for recipes that traditionally blend bourbon and fruit elements.
Given its limited production, we strongly recommend that our discerning clientele not delay in securing a bottle for their personal collection.
In conclusion, the Old Elk Armagnac Cask Finish Bourbon is a harmonious and intricate blend of two celebrated spirits cultures. It occupies a place of distinction in the selection at Third Base Market & Spirits, signifying an exceptional accomplishment in the realms of distillation and aging. Its acquisition promises not just a drink, but a journey—an expedition that straddles continents and traditions, culminating in a singular, unforgettable experience.