Colorado-based Stranahan’s Distillery continues its restricted version sequence of completed single malt whiskeys with the discharge of Stranahan’s NY Rye Cask, which begins with a mix of five- to nine-year-old whiskeys distilled at Stranahan’s and completed for an extra two years in rye casks from Black Distillery in Warwick, New York. (Together with rye, Black Dirt Distillery distills and produces bourbon and applejack. Although it’s unlikely that Black Grime makes use of grains grown within the space, the “black dust” area is notorious for its extraordinarily darkish and fertile soil, owing to area being a flood plain.) As a part of the Distillery Unique sequence, just like the sooner Extra Anejo Tequila Cask launch, it is just accessible at its distillery in Denver.
Single malt whiskey and rye are almost opposites on the spectrum of whiskeys – creamy and barely funky traits pitted towards cinnamon-forward warmth. Let’s see how they meet within the center.
The nostril efficiently blends a heady, malty, and a bit weedy base with vibrant Christmas fruitcake notes of candied ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cherry. The nostril is enjoyable, even when it nonetheless feels a bit of inconclusive. The palate glides with Stranahan’s signature maltiness beneath mint and floor cinnamon, with a driving bitterness leaning in direction of equal elements leather-based and grapefruit rind. In truth, I’m tempted so as to add one thing akin to arugula to the tasting notes.
The end rides heavy on bitter leather-based however that’s often alleviated at simply the proper time with delicate cornflake cereal notes earlier than it scalds your senses.
So what do you get if you cross highlands whiskey with a kiss of lowlands rye? A single malt with perspective, and definitely no sugar coating — actually, regardless of the teasing of such on the nostril. All of the grit and spicy chunk of rye is featured with not one of the sweetness. This one has some sudden surprises whether or not your preferences lean towards both single malt or rye, however I’ve to confess, it received my consideration and now I really feel a private gauntlet has been thrown down. The pour is available in at 90 proof and does appear to trace at being doubtlessly too skinny, however I’m additionally pondering the next proof could tip this precarious scale to an excessive amount of chunk over its bark. As is, it sits excellent as a long-haul sipping whiskey.
B+ / $70 / stranahans.com