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I'm not a huge fan of craft whisky, reason being that a lot of it isn't much good. Stranahan's won me over, however, with their standard bottling and so I was eager to check out Diamond Peak, which was on clearance at the LCBO.
The whisky is sweet and fruity on the nose with citrus (mainly orange) and raisin notes. With a bit of water some toasted oak notes appear. This time around the flavour seems to be lacking the bakery sweetness which made the original bottling so appealing. Most of the flavour is of the dried fruit/plum brandy variety, which I find typical of young craft malts. Which is to say, there is a sense this whisky is not quite ready. Fortunately the flavour is redeemed by the oak which adds a measure of spice to balance the fruitiness.
Overall I find this a less impressive bottling than the standard Stranahan's and I'm glad I didn't pay full price. Still pretty good stuff, though.