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Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Launches Latest Iteration of Highly Sought After Annual Snowflake Release — and Sells Out in Hours

Stranahan’s Snowflake

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Announces Snowflake Batch #25 – Humboldt Peak (Images Via Stranahan’s)

Over the weekend, Stranahan’s Distillery in Denver, Colorado, released its newest Snowflake iteration, #25 Humbolt Peak. The annual release sold out within hours.

The Snowflake bottle is an annual American Single Malt release from the distillery, named following the Stranahan’s tradition of naming the bottle after a “14er” — or Colorado Mountain peaking over 14,000 feet.

Stranahan's Snowflake

A rep from the brand let us know that Humbolt Peak has been aged between five and ten years in new white American oak barrels. From there, the whiskey is transferred to various wine, sherry, and rum barrels sourced worldwide. Each year’s batch spends a varying amount of time in different barrels, resulting in different flavors year after year. This also inspires the series name, Snowflake, because each release is different.

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Each year, Stranahan’s Snowflake release is exclusively available in-person for one day only on a first-come, first-served basis, making it extremely difficult to come by. Fans of the brand camp out in the Snowflake Village as early as the Thursday before the release on Saturday.

Stranahan’s Snowflake Humboldt Peak Tasting Notes

The brand provided tasting notes in a news release on the distillery’s latest Snowflake launch, which was finished in casks that once held Cabernet Sauvignon, Oloroso Sherry and Barbados Rum.

  • Nose:  Gingersnap cookie and orange marmalade with hints of holiday baking spices and oak
  • Palate: Smooth, full-bodied mouth-feel with notes of baked pear, apple & cream soda
  • Finish: Sweet and fruity finish with brown sugar & raspberry

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Madison Kopta is an editor at Whiskey Raiders. As a Northern California native and mom of four, Madison spends much of her time enjoying the great outdoors with her family. From camping to keeping an eagle eye out for Bigfoot, you can find Madison in nature, enjoying a glass of whiskey with her husband.