Colorado-based Stranahan’s Distillery continues its restricted version sequence of completed single malt whiskeys with the discharge of Stranahan’s NY Rye Cask, which begins with a mix of five- to nine-year-old whiskeys distilled at Stranahan’s and completed for a further two years in rye casks from Black Distillery in Warwick, New York. (Together with rye, Black Dust Distillery distills and produces bourbon and applejack. Although it’s unlikely that Black Dust makes use of grains grown within the space, the “black filth” area is notorious for its extraordinarily darkish and fertile soil, owing to area being a flood plain.) As a part of the Distillery Unique sequence, much like the sooner Additional Anejo Tequila Cask launch, it’s only accessible at its distillery in Denver.
Single malt whiskey and rye are almost opposites on the spectrum of whiskeys – creamy and barely funky traits pitted in opposition to cinnamon-forward warmth. Let’s see how they meet within the center.
The nostril efficiently blends a heady, malty, and a bit weedy base with brilliant Christmas fruitcake notes of candied ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cherry. The nostril is enjoyable, even when it nonetheless feels a bit of inconclusive. The palate glides with Stranahan’s signature maltiness beneath mint and floor cinnamon, with a driving bitterness leaning in the direction of equal components leather-based and grapefruit rind. In truth, I’m tempted so as to add one thing akin to arugula to the tasting notes.
The end rides heavy on bitter leather-based however that’s often alleviated at simply the suitable time with refined cornflake cereal notes earlier than it scalds your senses.
So what do you get if you cross highlands whiskey with a kiss of lowlands rye? A single malt with angle, and definitely no sugar coating — actually, regardless of the teasing of such on the nostril. All of the grit and spicy chew of rye is featured with not one of the sweetness. This one has some surprising surprises whether or not your preferences lean towards both single malt or rye, however I’ve to confess, it bought my consideration and now I really feel a private gauntlet has been thrown down. The pour is available in at 90 proof and does appear to trace at being probably too skinny, however I’m additionally considering the next proof may tip this precarious scale to an excessive amount of chew over its bark. As is, it sits good as a long-haul sipping whiskey.
B+ / $70 / stranahans.com
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