When volunteer firefighter, Jess Graber, responded to a neighbor’s barn fire down the road, he never imagined what would come of it. The barn that Jess made an effort to save belonged to Woody Creek local George Stranahan, a long-time brewery owner, and whiskey connoisseur. The two discovered a shared passion for the Colorado outdoors and a proper pour of fine whiskey. From this relationship, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey was born. The two developed a recipe for a distinctively smooth and flavorful American single malt whiskey using their mountain surroundings to their advantage.
Named for a 13-thousand-foot peak in Aspen, Stranahan’s Blue Peak Single Malt is distilled at high altitude and aged for 4 years in new American oak barrels with a #3 char, and finished in ex-Solera barrels.
GSN’s Remarks: Smooth, rich and with a sweet sherry colored entry. Notes of caramel, toffee and milk chocolate mix well with the malt distillate, creating an almost patisserie character. We enjoyed this neat; on the rocks where it holds its character; and in classic cocktails such as a Manhattan or Old-Fashioned. A real workhorse that has self confidence and accessibility. GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Stranahan’s