Not too long ago my friends Laura and Anthony held a party to celebrate Laura’s big 3-0. It was at this party that I first discovered Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. The bottle belonged to Mike, a friend of Laura and Anthony, and I immediately gravitated towards it as we walked into the party.
We all know that Kentucky is known for its whiskey, but it’s always great to see whiskey from a state other than Kentucky to see how it stacks up. Stranahan’s was first established in 2004 by Jess Garber and George Stranahan. Garber a volunteer firefighter met Stranahan as he tried to help battle a fire at Stranahan’s barn. This unfortunate event led to what is now Colorado’s first microdistillery since prohibition.
This whiskey is distilled in small batches and unfortunately only available in Colorado. This Boston gal was lucky to taste it as it was brought back for Mike from Colorado. Using Rocky Mountain water and mountain grown barley Garber and Stranahan have been able to produce a fantastic product.
It is a malt whiskey that has Scotch whisky characteristics while still keep a good bourbon edge. It’s like marrying the two worlds into one for perfection.
Nose: oak, vanilla and caramel
Taste: toffee, sweet, cinnamon and spices
Finish: smooth and extremely light
This whiskey is perfectly balanced and quite honestly, extremely done well. If you live in Colorado, are there just visiting or come across it, and you’ve never tried it before, then I think you should. It is a must try if you are looking for well crafted whiskey and something different with a great taste. I know that if I am ever in the area, I will be picking up a bottle.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.