Stranahan’s Diamond Peak
I decided to sample another American single malt whiskey before returning to tasting notes from my scotch cabinet. Stranahan’s is a small batch whiskey distilled in a neighboring state, Colorado. Stranahan’s Diamond Peak is a special bottling that is aged for at least 4 years in new charred White American Oak barrels. It is made with local barley and water from the Rocky Mountains.
This whiskey is 47% ABV and non-chill filtered. My tasting notes are from a Lot # 9 bottle.
On the nose, I find sweetness, primarily honey. On second pass, I find a scent akin to lightly smoked pear. There is also a damp oak forest element. On the palate, the first sip is immediately sweet, with a bit of a spice prickling of the tongue. In mid-palate, I find banana, and a little charcoal, with the spice lingering. The finish is relatively short, pleasantly warm, and ends with a raspberry note.
This is a good young whiskey. Similar to my recent tasting of another American single malt, there is something about it that makes it unlike most scotch, possibly the influences of the bourbon-like approach of finishing in new charred barrels? But, do not read that comment as suggesting that I would find Stranahan’s Diamond Peak to have a profile like the Cut Spike whiskey I recently sampled. Fundamentally, I like both of these single malt whiskeys, but I would not mistake one for the other.
The only drawback to my assessment of Stranahan’s Diamond Peak is that it costs more, around $70, than I think may be warranted for a young whiskey in a market where there are similarly young whiskeys for less, and more aged scotches for no more.