Today we do a review and tasting of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.
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I just went to the Stranahans distillery in Colorado. We did the hour tour I really thought the yellow label had a strong honey taste and you could definitely smell the chocolate. We also had the diamond peak I felt sbout a half hour after the tasting like I had a malty cereal in my mouth.
Hi guys!!! Still binging and now you are reviewing my favorite whiskey since 2009! We couldn’t get in Texas until a couple of years ago. Friends would bring it back for me when they would go to CO. I bought my first bottle there in 2009 and was instantly in love. They had already stopped allowing the volunteers to write on the labels by the time you released this video for the very reason Rex mentioned. Only the master distiller is allowed to write on them and you can only buy those at the distillery.
I was able to buy a bottle of single barrel at Total Wine at the lower price, because they had it marked as an Original instead of Single Barrel. The extra yellow label at the bottle gives it away. 😉
I am still trying to get my hands on the elusive SnowFlake. Black Diamond is my favorite by them.
Just picked up a bottle of this that was on clearance.... glad I got to try it. Your tasting notes helped me identify some of the aromas... interestingly, with a drop of water it immediately brought to mind a Country Kolsch beer with that definite toasted barley aroma I get (which you’re calling toasted marshmallow) very interesting.
I dont even drink whiskey because im a poor bastard but this channal has made me want to get into whiskey the ball busting shananagins of this channal is great and has now taken up my entire youtube home screen
Ha fair enough then, that is pretty cool to be honest! I can see actually see a resemblance here in this engraving - I hope you have a cat Daniel, that would be disappointing if not! :D
I know originally Stranahans was only available in Colorado. They have since expanded into nation wide distribution. At least I can confirm that I have bought bottles in the Dakotas and Minnesota. I do not know if they still do volunteer bottling but they no longer have hand written notes on the label; just a batch stamp.
You never got around to tasting the black label Stranahans (I forget the name). I hope you try it in a future video. I personally prefer the standard yellow label, but that is just me.
I would love to try Stranahan's Snowflake but that is only available one day a year from the distillery. Seeing how I do not live in Denver that is not likely to ever happen. https://www.stranahans.com/whiskey/snowflake/
I'm a bit late, and the guy is ALMOST DEFINITELY CRAZY, but....
There are rumors that the larger companies have been looking into things like Reverse Osmosis as alternatives to the heat/cost-intensive distilling process. You can also (theoretically, despite them being miscible) extract alcohol in a centrifuge if you are careful/rich enough.
Personally, that sounds fine for vodka or fuel production, but not very useful for whiskey, since you're specifically NOT trying for 100% ethanol. And regardless of whatever else they are doing, the big companies are for sure currently still using mostly stills, so.. crazy guy is crazy after-all.
But maybe he is also a genius!
As a Daniel myself, I'd like to add some nuance to the meaning of the name. It does mean 'God is my judge', but it's more like 'God alone is my judge', as in 'My character is of such an unassailable nature, that the only one able to judge me is God'.
This has nothing to do with this video but first I'd like to thank you for this channel because you have helped me find an appreciation for whisky. It's great fun! I recently turned 40 and received many bottles. On the weekend I received a further 3 bottles of which I opened and tasted. After a few hours it was suggested that I blend all 3 and try that. It immediately reminded me of blendageddon and thought yes I'm doing that. So as my base I used Balvenie double wood 17 year and added 15% Aberfeldy 21 and Dalmore King Alexander. Separately these are delicious but together it blew my mind. This is probably a big no no, but I'm happy I was drunk enough to go through with the idea. Great channel! Keep it up.
Coming to the game late (I started watching after the Modern Rouge videos) I went back and started binge watching all the episodes in order. In addition to watching how the show evolved, it was very interesting to me to see how Rex progressed. He started out seemingly a novice, unsure, asking questions. But as the videos increased, you can seem him gaining experience, knowledge and confidence. And in a few of the later episodes he even points out things that Daniel missed. Of course after one hundred and sixty videos sampling a couple of whiskeys in each one..... 350 whiskeys later and he is quite well versed and knowledgeable. Like anything else, it just takes practice.
Rex, it was obviously a grueling challenge but I think your dedication and hard work has paid off. Thanks for taking one for the team, Rex. It shows how much you care.
Daniel, I love your stories and find the information and history of the whiskey/distillery entertaining and informative. You go ahead and nerd out as much as you want and keep the stories coming.
P.S. Rex, keep on giving him crap about it. He's a nerd and has it coming. ;)
Love this writeup. I can't believe we've been through so many whisky glasses since we started this. What a wild ride. And you guys have made it dramatically more fun. As a matter of fact, you guys are probably the only reason we keep doing it.
I know people have requested "top 5 whiskey" videos and so on before and you haven't done them, but what about doing a video on the first few whiskeys you would recommend someone buys for their collection?
I know it's mainly based on personal preference but it would be interesting to see what someone with so much knowledge would recommend.
I have to wait will Monday for a new video? How selfish of you to not constantly entertain myself with video on a daily basis. Especially on the days when I consume the most whiskey. I mean, I thought you were stand up guys.
Traditionally a Manhattan is a whisky based cocktail with the addition of sweet (red) vermouth, a few dashes of Angostura bitters, and a maraschino cherry. If you mix it in large qty's into a barrel and let it sit, you could end up with a bit of the charred barrel blending affect on the cocktail. It's all the rage in cocktail bars right now. "Barrel Aged Cocktails"
wow first of all thanks for answering me. love your show!! i have bought monkeys shoulder, angels envy, green spot and Dalmores 10 because of your show and have blamed you guys for it to the wife thanks for taking the hit for me. yeah i was just trying to under stand the comment about the Manhattan cocktail is it a Frankenstein whiskey? or an actual cocktail that you make in a barrel?
I hit 160 and was so happy to finally be up to date on the Whiskey Vault then had an odd panic attack. Where is the next episode, insult, dad joke, or whiskey. I was very concerned until I realized it was Sunday. Keep up the great and entertaining work. If you want to review Black Bottle for another committed viewer or soon to be husband committed by his wife that would be great.
I have a toast video here; https://youtu.be/Pq3FbA04CXU
Jason: Greek - Healer (Originated in Jason and the Golden Fleese. 500bc.
Fisk: Scandinavian - Fish, Fisher. In the English Domesday Book under Viking words. 900/1000 AD.
I struggle to find any place local to find a good selection of scotch. I notice you buy from Master of Malt a lot but shipping needless to say is expensive. Is there any websites in the US you like ti use for ordering that won't kill me with shipping costs? Thanks for the tips.
Daniel and Rex. Myself and my friend are going to a Whiskey Festival over here in Manchester UK. Kavalan, Balcones, Auchentoshan and many more are going to be there. Any recommendations?
That is awesome! Since you're in Manchester, try to get the Balcones. It's rare that they're over there, and it's a treat to try. If Longmorn brought their 16, try that. It's a gold standard of Speyside IMO. And Michter's American Whiskey is freakishly smooth. There's really not a bad presenter on that list.
Hey Daniel, big fan of your reviews and your vids with the mooch. I always look forward to seeing what's new or what you'd recommend to try out. My first bottle of whisky was Teeling single malt which I got from a food and wine expo here in the Philippines. I was definitely not disappointed with it; it's my favorite whiskey as of now. Anyway, a good friend of mine invited me over to his restaurant the other day to taste Singleton 15 years. It was the first time I tried it and I really enjoyed it. For some reason I thought I couls smell faint notes of bananas. I don't think I've seen you guys do a video on Singleton so just wanted to know your thoughts on if it's a good whisky or not. Thanks. Sláinte!
OK guys, this is getting bad. I had a dream about y'all last night. The dream was that I went down to take a class with y'all and you were teaching about whiskey cocktails. You were making a mint julep. You were adding water to a glass filled well over the top with ice. You said to sluice the water in and after a brief discussion about what that meant, I asked what your recipe was. You responded with, "Bourbon, mint, orange juice, sugar, and of course sluiced water." As a Kentuckian I was so mad that I actually woke up right after that. So, please tell me you mint julep recipe so I can get some sleep.
I kept watching Whiskey Vault and now I’ve corrupted the wife. She’s watching the videos too.....she says Daniel’s laugh is infectious. She’s made some comparisons between myself and Rex......that was sad. I thought she loved me! Lol!
Hey guys, I've been watching for a couple months now. I mainly drink bourbons and I've recently tried Glenlivet 12 and Dalmore 12 and I have to say they're not for me. Do y'all have a whiskey under $100 that you would recommend for a bourbon drinker to try something different.
We mostly recommend the blends first, but it could be that you love the heavy wood and sweetness in bourbons. I'd say avoid any peated whisky until you get a taste for it. Maybe try out Redbreast 12yr (Irish) or Auchentoshan American Wood
I think I commented about it at another video as well. Guys, you need to do a video about Fujikai 10. I find hilarious all these other whisky reviewers' reactions to it being utterly disgusted by it. Daniel, just give it to Rex as a surprise, telling him it's the Macallan M.
I've been wondering, are there any scotch distilleries that make bourbon? There are dozens of North American distilleries making Single Malts, obviously, but I've never heard of a Bourbon outside the U.S. Does such a thing exist? I'd love to try one if there is. If not, someone should really get on that!
Side note: I think the slanted label is a marketing decision as well as an aesthetic one. From what I know about JW, they slant the label at a specific angle to create more surface area facing the customer. Since their bottles are square the label wraps around and you can't see it head on. Angling the label allows them to have bigger font and more of the label is visible to the customer. Also, looks good too.
Whiskey Vault True. But the mash bills for grain whisky arent gonna be 51% corn either. Just think it'd be cool to see a scotch distillery do a Bourbon based on all the American regulations. Seems odd no one has done it. Or even Canada. Never heard of a Canadian bourbon but seems like they should have one.
The videos are great, found you through the modem rogue, and have watched all the past episodes. I bought my first full sized bottle of single malt today, after drinking monkey shoulder, and any 50ml samplers I could find. I bought Ardbeg 10, I was a bit nervous, but I love it!
I now understand you two I have been viewing back episodes and I got a great idea I would drink with you guys not the same whiskeys but the same type I did need help for my first scotch Glenmorangie 10 year I could only handle three episodes then definitely had to take a break
Glad I found my people keep up the good work or not
Coming from a sales background, Daniel's stories are both interesting and useful. Please get Rex a chair and hand him a magazine to read while Daniel tells his stories.
Also, update on my whiskey journey: one week in, and I can sip it straight without wanting to die. I assume enjoyment will come later.
You just need to find your whiskey moment. I was in the same boat as you, I had a bunch of Irish whiskeys sitting on the shelf and after starting to drink them neat was wondering if I had tricked myself into liking whiskey. Then I tried Elijah Craig and I had my whiskey moment. You will know it by the light coming down from heaven and the angels singing. I had the pleasure of introducing my cousin to his whiskey moment. He never really drank alcohol before but had a close friend who was into non-peaty Scotch and would give him some. After hearing that I knew he would never try anything with peat so I went out and bought a bottle of Ardbeg 10 when I was last at his house. The face he made he first tasted it was pure amazement and joy. I knew I had found his whiskey moment. He perked up and came to life in a way I had seldom seen before. Just keep trying new whiskeys and you will have yours.
I feel so vindicated! Also I need some of that Stranahan's Colorado whiskey. Plus a friend of mine is bringing me some 12 year old from the Glenora distillery on Canada's east coast. Can't wait to compare it to the standard Glen Breton 10 year old!
You guys have talked about American mesquite smoked whiskies like colkegan and del bac but are there any other whiskies smoked with woods like pecan apple or even hickory
PS they found a human head on the beach over here he had a note on his forehead the note read "I have no body"
So I live in Canada. I've had the opportunity, through my job (I work in a liquor store), to try lots of whiskey, including visiting the crown royal distillery (I work in its home province, so we get an industry insider look at the distillery). That guy was so full of crap that his burps smelled like farts. They have these amazing stills there and a huuuuuge column lol. Your videos help me sell stuff I've never tried so thank you.
That being said, I tend to agree with your assessment of whiskey from Canada. There have been three Canadian whiskeys I liked and you've done one of those for sure (Forty Creek). The other two are Alberta Premium Dark Horse and Crown Royal Reserve. I'd like to get you some of this but because of shipping laws and my limping bank account that'll be a no go. I still haven't had the opportunity to try glen Breton and would love to try it someday.
Before my daughter was born, the boy name we had picked out was Donovan. We learned that Donovan is a form of Donald, and the meaning of Donald is "Ruler of the World." My ex wife mentioned that whilst she was at Bible study, and a woman there asked my ex wife if she thought she might be carrying the Antichrist.
My ex wife was not thrilled at the question.
(Also, my ex wife is probably not the Antichrist either... probably)