Remember Stranahan’s? The Colorado whiskey company making single malt much in the vein of Cut Spike, albeit long before our friends in Nebraska ever got established. At the end of 2010, when this whole craft whiskey thing was really blowing up, the spirits brand Proximo (who also purchased Hangar One vodka) bought out Stranahan’s and promptly removed the brand from the California market. This was likely in an effort to preserve aged stocks until the brand could be properly relaunched years later.
“Years later” is finally here. It’s 2015 and Stranahan’s is finally back in California on an unallocated level. I just managed to buy a decent supply, so feast while the feasting is good. It’s a two year old whiskey—a la Cut Spike—but it has a much mellower flavor. It’s like Cut Spike meets George Dickel. I’m a big fan. It’s so mellow and round and easy to drink. I think Stranahan’s can add itself to the upper-echelon of new American whiskey distillers, along with Cut Spike, Westland, etc, if they keep pumping out juice this good.
And now there are no bottle limits! Allocations removed! I just bought two for myself. One to party with this weekend, and one to save for later. Welcome back.
Stranahan's Colorado Small Batch Whiskey $52.99 - If high-quality, unique whiskies are your bag, don't put off getting your hands on a bottle of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey; Colorado's first small batch, hand-crafted whiskey that uses top-notch ingredients. The barley for Stranahan's is grown in the Northern Rockies and the water comes from the State's pure mountain streams. The distillery contracts with neighboring Flying Dog Brewery for its four-barley fermented mash, which then goes through a unique filtration program. Twice distilled in a custom Vendome Copper Co. pot still, aged in charred American white oak whiskey barrels for a minimum of two years. The resulting dram is sweet, with fruit and spice notes and is very smooth. Delish!