Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey — a pioneer in American single malt — has introduced Stranahan’s Blue Peak.
For this release, the Denver-based producer coupled Stranahan’s high-altitude distillation process and aging methods with a Solera finish.
Named for a 13,000-foot peak in Aspen, Blue Peak is built around a batch of single malt whiskey aged for four years in 53-gallon new American oak barrels with a #3 char. The liquid then underwent the Solera process, wherein aged liquid is transferred into new American oak foeders for several months. Once the liquid is fully married, a portion of the mature whiskey is removed, cut to proof with Rocky Mountain water and chill filtered. Meanwhile, newly harvested whiskey is added to the remnants to marry.
Since the foeders are never emptied, the Solera process allows for continuous marriage, maturation and flavor development in the whiskey it holds.
Stranahan’s Blue Peak is 43% ABV, and available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $42.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
On the nose is dried apricot, nutmeg and cinnamon toast, the company reports, with hints of leather and light tobacco. The palate brings creamy butterscotch and brown sugar, baked apples, plus notes of cayenne and toasted oak, before a finish with earthy malt fading into lingering spices.
This follows the recent release of Stranahan’s Mountain Angel 10 Year Old.