Distillery: Stranahan's Distillery. Denver, CO
Age: 2, 3,& 5 YR
Nose: A cavalcade of complex dark dessert notes move this whiskey forward. Notes like toffee, caramel, brown sugar, brittle, and butterscotch are the engine pumping this down the tracks with sweet malty and light nondescript fruity notes in tow.
Palate: Malt and citrus are pushed across the palate by that same complex dark dessert engine, but this time it’s towing cherries, coconut and a toasted nutty quality that works as a nice counterpoint to the sweet notes.
Notes: The tale of Stanahan’s Colorado Whiskey goes something like this. George Stranahan (who also owns Flying Dog brewery) had a barn that caught on fire. Jess Graber was a volunteer firefighter who responded to the fire. They decided to let it burn itself out and so while watching the fire they got to talking and discovered they both loved making alcohol. Stranahan beer and Garber was a fan of distilling.
After the fire George offered Jess his other barn to setup a still and distill some of his old beer in. A while after that George gave Jess a spot by his brewery and that’s when Jess brought on Jake Norris to help with the distilling and they began distilling the Flying Dog four barley mash. In 2011 the brand was sold to Proximo spirits and the rest is history.