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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.