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Stranahan's Colorado

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@WhiskyNotesReview by @WhiskyNotes

3rd Aug 2010

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Nose: nice hints of ripe banana, syrup and vanilla. Great hints of red berries and melon. Actually, I think it’s closer to some rums than to most bourbons. A bit of rye elements too. Some cocoa, tangerine and cinnamon. The light smoke / charcoal is noticeable as well. Smooth and highly seductive.

Mouth: huge banana again (Pisang), and spices. Lots of vanilla and a bit of coconut. A bit of lime and eucalyptus. More oak than you wood expect after two years.

Finish: quite short but nicely drying.

Unlike any other American whiskey. You could think of Stranahan’s as a mix-up between bourbon and Scotch. It’s less sweet than bourbon, less complex than Scotch and overall very interesting. Recommended!

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6 comments

@CharlieDavis
CharlieDavis commented

Hmm...which batch did you review here..?

Charlie

10 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

It was a sample from Master of Malt. They don't mention a batch number.

10 years ago 0

@CharlieDavis
CharlieDavis commented

Ahh...I was curious becasue I'm a little baffled that you found the finish short; I find it to be quite long. And I find Stranahan's to be extremely complex.

With that said, the earliest batches were much younger overall than more current expressions. Currently, the distillery marries together a variety of ages of whiskey all the way up to five years old; but early on, there wasn't any older whiskey, and the batches may have been simpler, I never got to try them (although Jim Murray seemed to think they were great).

Anyway, nice review. Folks often notice banana notes in Stranahan's, although I never did; and I agree totally that it's such a unique style that it almost comes off as a new type of spirit altogether. It's whiskey though, through and through: 100% malted barley, aged in oak, no flavoring, no coloring.

Slainte!

Charlie

10 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

It's not fresh banana like a banana yoghurt or fruit candy, it's rather the mashed overripe banana that I associate with Pisang Ambon or banana flambéed.

10 years ago 0

@CharlieDavis
CharlieDavis commented

I could certainly see the flambee! I'd always thought of crepes, but flambee fits well, too. That moist rich baked/roasted vibe...

Ch

10 years ago 0

@mster
mster commented

I have recently had a dram from MOM too. (just bought 20 over samples to try out before deciding what to purchase in a full bottle) Anyway, I'm still quite new to whisky, I not gonna post too much about tasting note as I think I'm still a novice with this. I just thought I've experience something quite unusual and wanna see if anyone that similar experience. On the finishing, I find there's a tad of furry/bitey finish, but not on the usual back of the tongue, but rather the upper rear part of the mouth. I went to and flo couple of time with another dram (which usually gives me that furry/bitey sensations on the back of the tongue, and the Stranahan's just comes back to the same spot on the rear top of the mouth. Too bad I only have 1 sample, I couldn't try it again the next day, thu, was wondering if anyone do have that experience.

As for the finish, I do agree with WhiskyNotes, that its rather short. And yes, for sure the Banana is fairly noticeable on the taste, more so, then the nose.

9 years ago 0

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