June 9, 2022

Lets go Skiing with Stranahans Blue Peak!

Lets go Skiing with Stranahans Blue Peak!
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On todays episode we have a glass of Stranahans Blue Peak American Single Malt. If you are looking for a bold, complex American single malt, this is the one for you. Like the Blue peaks while ski’ing, it's not for the beginner, but if you can roll with the punches, it rewards you greatly. All that and more on todays episode of Whiskey Chasers!

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imagine showing up to put a barn that is on fire out and by the end of that event, you become good friends with the owner of that barn and start a distillery with them.

  • That is exactly how this company got their start
  • Jess Graber and George Stranahan went into business together, in 2004, over the shared love of fine whiskey
    • Together they developed a recipe for a distinctively smooth and flavorful American single malt whiskey
    • The mash bill is simple
      • 100% malted barley and then cut with rocky mountain water
  • This distillery is very interesting
    • Their bottles are hand-bottled by a rotating crew of volunteers and, at least, used to contain a handwritten date of when the whiskey was distilled.
      • It also contained a comment by the person who was bottling it
    • There are now 14 team members on staff there
  • They have 6 bottling that they offer and they also do a single barrel program
    • What intrigues me the most about this distillery is that, even though American single malt is still struggling to be a thing, they have a lot in their lineup
    • Stranahan’s original
      • Claiming to be the #1 American single malt whiskey
      • So small batch that they cannot guarantee that any two batches are the same
      • Blue Peak
      • Uses the Solera process to age this bottle
        • The blending and marriage of old barrels with young barrels
      • it is a way of getting younger product out on the market quicker without it tasting young
    • Mountain Angel (10 year)
      • Colorado is higher altitude and colder, meaning more evaporation of alcohol
      • More goes to the angel’s share
      • it is comparable to a Scotch that is twice it’s age
    • Snowflake
      • What was once created as a special thank you for the volunteers has now turned into a once a year release that can only be purchased at the gift shop
      • Past bottling have been finished in multiple barrels from multiple spirits, including mezcal
    • Diamond Peak
      • Aged for 4 years in American oak and then aged for 3 more years in used Bushmills barrels
    • Sherry Cask
      • Take their 4 year old whiskey and let it sit in 500-liter oloroso sherry barrels for an undisclosed amount of time
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