Stranahan's Blue Peak

American Single Malt — Colorado, USA

Tasted February 28, 2021
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
  • Ctrexman
    March 2, 2021

    Lost power for about a day. Know guys who lost it for 4 days in Round Rock area. There are literally tens of thousands with frozen pipes damage. Im in the restoration business and it has been unbelievable the volume of calls

  • BeppeCovfefe
    February 28, 2021

    Good luck pulling out of that mess, those who don't think it gets butt freezing cold in Tejas, haven't lived in Texas long.

  • BDanner
    February 28, 2021

    Glad. you faired well. I have a brother in Harker Heights and he only lost power once for a couple hours. That Glenlivet comparison is spot on for this.

  • bigwhitemike
    February 28, 2021

    Glad you were able to come through relatively unscathed (save the need for a Dry Week leading up to St Pattys). We got hit pretty hard too in KC but apparently the energy infrastructure (and authority) is a little better prepared for real cold up here. I haven’t tried either but have heard great things and did see Balcones for the first time near me yesterday. I think both are on the near term purchase list, I’m excited to start exploring the ASM category.