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Colorado-based Stranahan’s has made its limited-edition Diamond Peak an annual affair. For 2022, the model takes its normal malt whiskey, aged for 4 years in new American oak barrels, then finishes in single malt whiskey barrels from Eire’s Bushmills for greater than 3 further years. That’s a singular, 7 yr previous American single malt. Let’s see the outcomes.
Malty however well-aged, Stranahan’s manages to deftly keep away from the syrupy character widespread to American malt in addition to the overly woody notes that appear to all the time trip together with the type. There’s an actual freshness to the nostril right here, although peppery parts and a rye-adjacent grassiness add a way of drama.
I believe the palate is extra attention-grabbing, the malty grain beginning the expertise off proper, with simply the precise degree of sweetness — by no means saccharine or overblown. Gentle touches of lemon curd and inexperienced apple give the whiskey loads of fruitiness — shades of Irish coming via — whereas parts of honeycomb, coconut oil, sesame, and nougat notes all in a swirl. Once more notes of pepper and a contact of grassiness that seems like rye (however isn’t) perk up on the end, although this helps to mood a number of the delicate sweetness within the combine. All advised, the whiskey is superbly balanced, dancing on the top of a pin because it weaves its means amongst notes of recent fruit, toasty grains, and touches of spice. I stored going again to it time and again. Beautiful, mild stuff.
90 proof. Reviewed: Batch #5.