90

Score

Old Elk Straight Rye, 50%

Price: $90 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

Sweet caramel, grainy Cheerios, root beer spices, and waxy crayon make for a captivating nose. The dark fruit and spice suggest toasted raisin bread, and diving deeper into the flavor reveals sweet black cherry, citrus zest, and intriguing notes of licorice and hot asphalt, with flickers of horehound and cough drop. The fruit, spice, and earthy notes are nicely woven together and soar seamlessly through the finish.