Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. This is essentially an American Highland Malt – clean river water & mountain grown barley make it sound like it could come from a loch as easily as a ranch.
Stranahan’s is Colorado’s first craft distiller, coming from a combination of volunteer firefighter, craft beer brewer and barn fire. Colorado in general is doing great things with distilled spirits, we’ve liked a lot of what we’ve tried. But whereas a lot of Colorado lands somewhere between a rye and a bourbon, this is very much a malted barley whiskey, reminiscent of prestige Scottish offerings. Here’s what we thought:
Dan – floral, salted caramel
Simon – apple cinnamon juice box
Dan – slightly bitter (like tea aftertaste) charred sugar, not caramel, spice
Simon – sweet burn, very loud, cedar
Dan – long & numb
Simon – long burn
Dan – sweet candied nuts with slight spicy warmth, a little cardamom
Simon – sweetened, simpler, sugar sweet with spice
Dan – like pissing in the wind while filling up on manly whiskey
Simon – old leather chair outside on a porch
Dan – 8.3/10
Simon – 7.9/10
Try it? Yes. Buy it? Yes.