Stranahan’s is a whiskey I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. Each small batch made of 100% barley, and aged in new American oak casks for a minimum of two years in Colorado. And a small batch it is. Stranahan’s selects between 10 and 20 casks per batch. This standard release is bottled at 94 proof.
The nose has a big honeyed malt character. A touch of oak pops up, along with some stewed fruit. The entry starts off mellow. Some wood spice builds up a bit. Honey and toffee notes ramp up, along with cereal grain and a touch of orange zest. Stranahan’s is medium bodied, and doesn’t feel thin. The tasting experience ends with a medium-long finish and a nice clove honey note.
Head distiller Rob Dietrich and his crew are crafting some delicious whiskey over in Colorado. It’s definitely a different breed than other American whiskeys. Going the barley route versus producing something with a corn-based or rye-based mashbill is commended. This is a solid bottle of whiskey. Recommended.