Price Point: $50 – $60 for 750 ML
Distiller: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey
I first learned about Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey at my company’s Christmas party this past year. I learned, ahead of time, from the party organizer that only beer and wine would be served. I was in trouble.
About a half hour after arriving, I headed off to the corner with my concealed bottle of Buffalo Trace. While pouring, I noticed that the husband of one of our executives was walking toward me. I panicked for a moment, but there was nothing I could do. He asked me what I was drinking and I showed him the bottle, hoping I wasn’t in too much trouble. Contrary to my initial thoughts, we began a conversation about whiskey; apparently he’s a big bourbon fan! He started telling me about Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, a brand I knew nothing about. He said it was his personal favorite, and that I needed to give it a try. A few months later, I had a bottle special ordered, and it quickly became one of my favorites.
Just as stated in my review of Yamazaki 12 Year Old, I was completely surprised by the nose of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. It has a very fruity, florally smell, but with the harshness of a bourbon.
This whiskey is truly unique in its taste as well. A variety of fruits are instantly present, followed by a heavy presence of leather and slight hint of tobacco. Stranahan’s has the florally taste of a light Scotch, with the robust full-body of a bourbon. Be warned that this is a very sweet whiskey as well.
Afterwards, you’ll taste the full spectrum of fruit and leather, which will linger with you for a long time.
Rating & Recommendations
Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is a very good whiskey, and certainly worth trying if you’re looking for something a little different. I give this whiskey an 88 out of 100 because it clearly stands out as a fun, young whiskey.
Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey has a whole lot of flavor to offer. This kind of whiskey, in my opinion, shouldn’t be diluted with ice. I would recommend drinking it neat or with a splash of water.
I was surprised (pleasantly) by my first experiences with Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. I would definitely recommend this to somebody looking to branch out and try something different from what they’re used to.