Sometimes an opportunity comes along to try something we would not ordinarily find in Asia courtesy of one of the Whisky Ladies many malt mules! This bottle came from Colorado, completely at the recommendation of our mule from Denver.
Stranahan’s make small batch American single malt. We sampled the ‘Original’ and had no idea what to expect though quite liked the long bottle with its own measure / shot glass. Made us suspect it may best go in cocktails and knocked back… game to try, we opened our bottle.
Stranahan’s (circa 2016) Batch No 182, Bottle No 0796, 47%
- Nose – Harsh, sharp, raw, a sickly sweet, cinnamon
- Palate – Tastes better than it smelled, quite vegetal with a bit of compost, oddly flat
- Finish – Bitter
A few comments included “Well that’s sinus clearing!” and so flat that one said “I’m gonna get my tires changed!”
Jokes aside, it wasn’t that bad but it definitely isn’t in our ‘single malt’ category. It either needed stupendously more time or a better barrel or… ah heck. It simply is what it is.
And that is half the fun of whisk(e)y explorations… you find some that may not quite make the mark on a personal palate level… and then you find a few you would never have expected that make you go wow! You simply do not know til you try…
And sometimes try again in a different setting – which is exactly what I did!
Except this time, a purely social setting, with a cube of ice and generous splash of water. Not my normal way to have a whisky but it is hot in Mumbai these days and seemed appropriate.
And guess what? I was a great choice for the evening! Not harsh, just enough ‘oomph’ and character to be interesting without being distracting. In short, quite enjoyable… go figure!
Here is what the folks over at Stranahan’s have to say:
Hints of caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate and fresh-sawn oak are just a few of the notes that resonate in each batch. These steadfast characteristics embody the unique character, flavor and style of the original Stranahan’s whiskey.
Here’s what others have to say:
Other whiskies sampled in our American evening included:
- Pine Barrens Single Malt (Batch 13) 47.5%
- Stranahan’s Original (Batch 182) 47%
- Westland Sherry Wood 46%
- Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine 50%
- A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon (Batch 8) 47.5%
- Woodford Reserve (Batch 133) 43.2% (Bottle 1814)
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