Review #794 | /r/Bourbon Review #436 – Stranahan’s American Single Malt Whiskey, Snowflake #17
The Schtick: Stranahan’s is an American craft distiller in Colorado. They produce a variety of American single malt products each year, but each winter they release a special, limited edition expression in their Snowflake line. This expression, #17 or Long’s Peak, is matured in a variety of barrels: a local beer cask sporting an ESB from Breckenridge Brewery, Chancellor wine cask produced at Spero Winery in Denver, and a Spanish Oloroso sherry cask. These were then blended together and bottled to produce this specific release.
Distiller: Stranahan’s (Colorado)
ABV: 47% ABV
Nose: Sweet honey, toffee, a nice fruity tartness, faintly lactic. Baking flour, rich red currants and sulfur.
Taste: Medium mouth feel, no heat. Sweet, fruity and loaded with vanilla. Rich stewed fruits, malty and bold. Apples, like an apple pie, baking spices and caramel. Some malty cocoa.
Finish: Medium length, loaded with sweet stewed fruits, clove, baking spice and caramel. The complexity is impressive.
Overall: I didn’t know what I would think of this but I really enjoyed it. The complexity was impressive and it didn’t beat you over the head with one specific note. I thought this was really well done.
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