*Sincere thanks to Stranahan’s and Exposure PR for the sample. Ok, I'll try to make this will be the last time I mention that great 2016 trip to Stranahan's. One of the highlights of that first Cask Thief event was trying some three year old whiskey that had been aged for an additional two years … Continue reading Stranahan’s Sherry Cask Colorado Single Malt Whiskey – Review
*Sincere thanks to Stranahan's and Exposure PR for the sample. During a trip in 2016 to Denver's Stranahan's Distillery, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Rob Dietrich, the head distiller. Rob's a character to be sure, and he's a good storyteller. Over the years, he's effectively been the face of the brand. He … Continue reading Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Colorado Single Malt Whiskey – Review
*Sincere thanks to Stranahan's and Exposure PR for the sample. The summer before last, I had the opportunity to visit Denver, CO and Stranahan's Distillery for their first Cask Thief event. It was a great opportunity to see a bit of the area and get to know this elder statesman of American single malt whiskey … Continue reading Stranahan’s Original Colorado Single Malt Whiskey – Review
*Sincere thanks to Quaker City Mercantile and New Liberty Distillery for the sample. We will get to this somewhat unique whiskey in a moment. The first order of business, however, is deciphering the tangled web made by producers, owners, and marketers of this brand. Or maybe it's not such a tangled web, maybe it's a … Continue reading New Liberty Distillery’s Penna Dutch Malt Whiskey – Review
A very sincere thank you to Rob Dietrich and Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, and Vicki Loo and Exposure PR for the opportunity to visit Denver and the Stranahan's 2016 Cask Thief event. At the very end of July, I was lucky enough to be invited, along with several other spirit-y journalist types, to Denver, CO for a … Continue reading Stranahan’s Cask Thief 2016…a travelogue of sorts.
*Sincere thanks to Westland Distillery for the sample. Along with their American Single Malt and their Peated American Single Malt, Westland Distillery's Sherry Wood American Single Malt Whiskey makes up what is currently the core range for this Seattle distillery. The Sherry Wood is made from six different malts: Washington Select Pale Malt, Munich Malt, Extra Special Malt, Pale … Continue reading Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt Whiskey – Review
*Sincere thanks to Westland Distillery for the sample. Conventional whisky wisdom says that peat as a flavor is at its most pungent when a whisky is young, let's say under 12 years. Once a malt starts edging up into those delightful late teens, things begin to balance out and that once dominating peat starts to … Continue reading Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey – Review
*Sincere thanks to Westland Distillery for the sample. Seattle's Westland Distillery is something of a rarity in the American Craft Distilling scene. A great many small, new distilleries are excited about the prospect of making a whiskey, but the time and financial patience needed to see that whiskey come to fruition also means that more … Continue reading Westland American Single Malt Whiskey – Review