Stranahan’s has lengthy constructed a fame for its 100% Colorado-born single malt whiskey, to the purpose the place it has just lately begun branching out into special edition releases. The most recent is that this “Distillery Unique,” a 5 yr previous malt completed in Caribbean rum casks for an undisclosed size of time.
Able to dive in? Right here goes:
That is an instantly uncommon bottling, the rum affect weighing closely on the expertise from the beginning, although that’s a superb or a foul factor relying in your viewpoint. The nostril is curious, and initially vague, with notes of fortune cookies, brown butter, and molasses. However truthfully, it smells like rum. The palate promptly kilos on that button: It’s wealthy, pungent, with intense notes of coconut, overripe pineapple, ginger, caramel sauce, and a dusting of tiki spices. Whereas all the pieces settles slowly, it’s the coconut notes that linger endlessly on the end, to the purpose the place, once more, the thoughts insists that that is rum, not whiskey.
Frankly, I wouldn’t think about using this in every other manner than as a rum substitute; if ever a case was to be made for a distillery ordering ending casks “additional moist” to do their work, that is positively it. Mission completed, I suppose.
90 proof. Reviewed: Batch #2.
B+ / $70 / stranahans.com