Old Elk Straight Wheat Whiskey, 50%

Price: $65 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Made with 95% soft red winter wheat, this whiskey is reticent at first, giving up little of its personality, though there are glimpses of violet, dried rose petals, berries, and oranges on the nose. The palate has more dried flowers and a bit of fruit, along with oak, nuts, and dark chocolate, but a peculiar herbal, piney top note elbows its way to the front. Everything resolves on the finish with semi-dark chocolate, pepper, dark fruit, and oak.