Old Elk Distillery launches Limited Edition Cigar Cut Island Blend Bourbon

Old Elk Distillery announces the limited national release of its Old Elk Cigar Cut Island Blend. This is the second annual release of Old Elk Cigar Cut, crafted entirely by Old Elk’s Production Manager, Melinda Maddox.

Cigar Cut Island Blend was inspired by the success of Old Elk’s initial Cigar Cut release and paves the way for future Cigar Cut releases. This second release was crafted to extend summer with every sip while embracing what fans of the category want seasonally.Cigar Cut Island Blend is a carefully selected combination of Old Elk’s Cask Finish Series, blending Old Elk’s base whiskeys, including the High-Malt Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Straight Rye Whiskey and Straight Wheat Whiskey, before finishing them in Port, Sauternes, Sherry or Rum barrels. Cigar Cut base whiskeys are aged a minimum of six years before their second maturation, which lasts between two months and two years. The liquid leads with honey, spice and notes of pear on the nose. Stone fruit, pear, vanilla and honey grace the palate for a layered tropical finish.

Old Elk Cigar Cut 2023
Cigar Cut Island Blend was inspired by the success of Old Elk’s initial Cigar Cut release and paves the way for future Cigar Cut releases. Photo Credit: Old Elk

“Cigar Cut was designed to celebrate the summer moments we all cherish, whether that be enjoying a sunset and a nice glass of whiskey, getting the family together, or going on vacation with friends,” says Old Elk’s Production Manager, Melinda Maddox. “We recognize that consumers like pairing Cigar Cut with their lifestyles, so I turned to our Cask Finish Barrels for this release with our fans’ voices in mind. I wanted Island Blend to give our loyal customers a way to hold on to the final days of summer.”

As production manager, Melinda Maddox manages Old Elk’s blending, bottling, and Single Barrel program. The Cigar Cut program showcases Melinda’s increasing role in liquid development. She has orchestrated every step of Cigar Cut’s journey, and this launch marks her debut in creating her own whiskey.

Melinda is on the path to becoming Old Elk’s Master Blender. She has been an apprentice to Master Distiller Greg Metze for the past 3 years, learning his practice and innovating his formula and quality liquids.

“Melinda and I have been working together for several years as we strive to innovate Old Elk’s brand and portfolio of products. She will be the next generation Master Blender for Old Elk and has demonstrated a high level of skill and competency through her Cask Finish program that she has pioneered on her own. Cigar Cut Island Blend is a glowing endorsement of her efforts,” says Greg Metze.

Old Elk Cigar Cut Island Blend will be a national limited release, available at select retailers in the United States with a suggested retail price of $129.99 per 750ml bottle at 111.7 proof. Learn more at oldelk.com/cigar-cut-blend.

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