Stranahan’s was the first 21st century distillery to make whiskey in Colorado. Founded in 2004 by Jess Graber and George Stranahan. Interestingly, Stranahan began his career in the alcohol industry by founding Flying Dog Brewery. After meeting Graber, a volunteer firefighter in 1998 at a barn fire located on Stranahan’s property, the two struck up an unlikely friendship while discussing the finer points of whiskey. Six years later, they began distilling and in 2006, bottled their first product, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. The company is now overseen by Proximo Spirits and the head distiller is Rob Dietrich. They recently debuted Rocky Mountain Single Malt Whiskey in their expanding portfolio.
Stranahan’s Single Malt Whiskey (94 proof)
Visual: Mild gold.
Nose: Baked apple, egg washed pie crust, fresh hewn oak, grape must.
Taste: Smooth, delightful vanilla-forward and toasty. Well balanced with wood and just a touch of char, the flavors open up over a few seconds. There is a maple creme brulee finish that leans this single malt toward the sweeter side.
Finish: Touches of green apple, and a sharp, tight finish that is clean and dry.
Overall: Very nice and a great sipper. Add a splash of water to mellow things out, but nothing will be lost in translation.
GSN Rating: A-
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