“Traditionally, the bourbon proofing process takes 24-48 hours. However, we choose to do it for significantly longer (weeks instead of days) and in smaller increments to keep the liquid cool when going from barrel to bottling proof. We call this patient technique our “Slow Cut™” proofing process which is used for our flagship bourbon. We see this critical Slow Cut™ proofing step as not only adding to the ideal “smooth and rich” character of Old Elk Bourbon, but also demonstrating our ongoing commitment to making the highest quality and smoothest bourbon whiskey without cutting any corners and giving the product the right amount time it needs to be the very best.
To proof alcohol, water is added until the liquid has reached a desired strength. When water is added to alcohol, heat is generated. At a distillery scale, hundreds of gallons of water are used at a time – enough to burn off many of the lighter, finer bourbon flavors. Our choice to proof differently means that we can bottle every last drop of flavor, and retain the smoothness that is unique to Old Elk. While our Slow Cut™ proofing process takes significantly longer than most common recipes, taking the time to proof slowly makes all the difference.”