In celebration of Repeal Day, we wanted to highlight a distillery that surely benefited from the decision years before their inception, Stranahan's, Colorado's only "legally" produced whiskey. They don't abuse their "dominace" of the market by creating an inferior product for consumers with limited local choices. In fact, their uniqueness continues throughout the entire process of their production chain, where "handcrafted" is not merely a clever marketing ploy, but an accurate description of every step of the whiskey-making process from the hand-numbered bottles to the hand-poured spirits thanks to the 1000+ volunteers who come to the distillery (some by plane) on bottling days for a fun-filled celebration, and leaving with 2 bottles of Stranahan's Rocky Mountain Whiskey as their thanks. The waiting list for this coveted positions is quite long, but you can sign up and find out more here.
*With no additional ingredients not a true cocktail, but it was so good by itself we felt guilty adding anything to it. 3 oz. Stranahan's Whiskey. Large ice cube. Done.
The nose is honeycomb, maple, and raspberry with a scotch-like profile. The sip is hot and spicy pecan, oak, oatmeal, and barley. There is a slight smokey oak finish and hot long warm feeling felt almost immediately. Feels like higher proof than 94, but not harsh, just strong. Opens up wonderfully after the large cube melts. The residual alcohol burn is tamed, leaving a fuller grain bouquet. As the cube melts, even more mineral, dirt flavors come out as well as cinnamon, allspice, and aged vanilla from the minimum aging time of two years spent in charred American white oak casks. This will definitely make some fantastic classic cocktails which will be posted in the near future.