It’s time for an additional experimental, Distillery Unique launch from Stranahan’s. As at all times, this begins with Colorado single malt, this time completed for a minimum of three years in pink wine casks — a mixture of Bordeaux and pinot noir. Whole ageing time is seven years in barrel, the primary 4 years spent in a Degree 4 char new oak barrel.
The gorgeous honey-orange shade of the whiskey is instantly engaging, and the nostril has loads of intrigue to again that up. Fairly citrus, a mixture or orange and grapefruit, leads the cost, backed up by a posh mixture of vanilla, barrel char, and sugar cookie dough. Spice notes are appreciable however not overwhelming, that includes floor ginger and cinnamon prominently.
The palate finds loads of similarity but in addition forges its personal path, with a candy nougat assault that kicks issues off with an almond cookie notice. Attractive and chewy, lighter citrus notes shortly come into focus, then shifting extra towards a baked apple notice — one thing that’s frequent in Stranahan’s releases — right here showcasing some pie crust surrounding it. Candy almond, virtually like a pastry, is persistent, clinging to the palate properly into the end, which is in any other case sunny and vivid, downright juicy.
What I don’t actually get on this whiskey — and this isn’t a grievance — is any sense of the pink wine cask, which frequently imbues the whiskey with a closely doughy, tannic high quality that may be off-putting at occasions. Maybe the very prolonged ending — practically half its life — has accomplished some magic on that entrance. Or maybe it’s simply the facility of pinot noir.
Regardless, you need to most likely get a bottle.
A- / $70 / stranahans.com