Stranahan's Blue Peak

American Single Malt

Stranahan's // Colorado, USA

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    1. WhiskeyLonghorn

      Tasted
      3.5
      3.5 out of 5 stars
      We got walloped here in the Lone Star State last week. Lots of good people here in Texas lost power, potable water, and some lost even more than that. The wife and I were quite fortunate to ride out the storm with our utilities and our pipes intact, but there were some tense moments throughout the week. Many strong, cask strength bourbons were consumed to cope with the stress (and keep warm). About a week later, you'd never know it snowed here. It's 80 degrees at the end of February, the humidity is in the mid 70%s, and the first signs of spring are poking through the ground. Even my sorry ass front lawn is beginning to creep back to life along with my liver. After a storm like that, I needed to dial back a bit. I had forgotten this in the back of my liquor cabinet, and decided to see what five months of air in a bottle down about a third tastes like. This bottle tastes like spring, and spring tastes pretty damn good. I'll spare you the usual detailed tasting notes. I happen to agree with the Distiller review. Prominent notes to me are apricot, pineapple, sourdough bread, and some barrel char. What's more important about this bottle is that it represents a market shift for American Single Malt. It's almost what Glenlivet would taste like if it were aged in new, charred oak instead of the traditional refill barrels. While still a young-ish category, many American Single Malt producers have had an unfortunate entry to mass-market appeal because their entry level products are often $60 and above. This bottle (along with the Balcones Lineage) show up at a respectable $40 entry price, and appear to be the beginning of a shift in the core lineup for these producers. I haven't been too excited about ASM as a category so far, but if this is what the future holds for them, then I do believe in another five to ten years we may have a very diverse and tasty category on our hands. Cheers!
      40.0 USD per Bottle
    2. joeypsu05

      Tasted
      4.25
      4.25 out of 5 stars
    3. dbone323

      Tasted
      4.5
      4.5 out of 5 stars
      Very smooth and flavorful
      49.99 USD per Bottle
    4. Gagunga

      Tasted
      3.75
      3.75 out of 5 stars
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    6. Bourbon-Destroyer

      Tasted
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
    7. Todd-Burns

      Tasted
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
    8. mhinkson

      Tasted
      4.25
      4.25 out of 5 stars
      Philadelphia
    9. kurtjack

      Tasted
      3.75
      3.75 out of 5 stars
      Nice split between American style whiskey and scotch.
    10. soonershrink

      Tasted
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
      Tasted side-by-side with Balcones Lineage. Lighter, with some tropical notes. More like a Speyside scotch, compared to the Highland-type profile of the Lineage. I prefer the richness of the Lineage, but the Blue Peak is nice too.
      41.0 USD per Bottle
    11. Ctrexman

      Tasted
      3.5
      3.5 out of 5 stars
      Found this guy for only 37.99 at specs so had to grab it. I have become a fan of American single malts (thanks to Balcones). Figured this would be good to compare. Poured neat, nose is spicy cantaloupe, scotch tape, pencil shavings and some toasted oak. Not a deep dark event but fresh and invitingly light. Mouthfeel is average without any oiliness. Palate is crisp with good depth. New make barley malts combine with more spiced melon and light barrel oak. You can work some more fruits in if you try. Its slightly astringent just a wee bit but not enough to kill the mood. There is some richness to the flavors but the youth is known for sure drinking hotter than the proof. Finish is nice long spicy oak tannin with the fruity malt hanging on trailing off to a dry tropical note. Its a very pleasant impression overall. There is baking spices simmering with the cantaloupe/melon vibe throughout. Im gonna run this against Lineage(think Balcones takes it) but no matter this is a quality single malt worth your time.......86/100....For under 40 bucks this is good value but much over 40 the Scots will smash their bagpipes on it imo
      38.0 USD per Bottle
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