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Stranahan's Colorado


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

6th Jul 2013


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Stranahan is a bit special. They use four types of malt, hence making it not a bourbon, but rather a single malt. The distillery only fills about 40 barrels a week for maturation in the very hot climate of Colorado.

The nose is a surprise. Caramel, coffee and vanilla up front, followed suddenly by something very floral (violets) and a truckload of sweet fruit. Think melon, mandarin and banana. Syrup of cassis. Coconut milk. This is quite unique and very pleasant.

It is soft on the palate, lacking a real bite. Quite a bit of oak, despite having matured for only two years. Again very sweet and fruity. Banana liqueur. Elexir d’Anvers. A bit of menthol. Sweetened coffee. Unique, like I said.

The finish is medium long and spicy and leaves the mouth rather dry.

Wow, that was unusual, but definitely worth a try. Thanks, Casmasjien.

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Nolinske commented

What batch was this from? I recently visited stranahans on a trip to Denver and was able to taste batches 105 and 107. There was actually a decent amount variation but in a good way. There was a very pleasant coffee finish that came out with water on the batch 106 but on the 107 it wasn't there but I thought 107 was more balanced the whole way through. Just wanted to share and ask what batch you were able to taste. Great review and I definitely agree that stranahans is a very unique whiskey.

6 years ago 0

Nolinske commented

Sorry fat fingers. I tasted batches 106 & 107 for clarity I accidentally put 105.

6 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

Sorry, Nolinske, I have no idea what batch this was. It was a sample that I got from a friend.

6 years ago 0

Nolinske commented

Ah no worries I just really enjoy this whiskey and was curious. Thanks for your always stellar reviews and the American whiskey reviews today!

6 years ago 0

Robert99 commented

I have a bottle and it is funny that sometime I really like it while other time I found it very aggresive. So I do have the banana and a load of vanilla and spices ( that I love) but from time to time there is a load of chemicals ( nail polish but like the fabric of it). So for me it's a bit like Dr jerkill and Mr Hyde.

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