Stranahan's is an American craft distiller in Colorado. They produce a variety of American single malt products each year, but each winter they release a special, limited edition expression in their Snowflake line. This expression, #17 or Longs Peak, is matured in a variety of barrels: a local beer cask sporting an ESB from Breckenridge Brewery, Chancellor wine cask produced at Spero Winery in Denver, and a Spanish Oloroso sherry cask. These were then blended together and bottled to produce this specific release.
Sweet honey, toffee, a nice fruity tartness, faintly lactic. Baking flour, rich red currants and sulfur.
Medium mouth feel, no heat. Sweet, fruity and loaded with vanilla. Rich stewed fruits, malty and bold. Apples, like an apple pie, baking spices and caramel. Some malty cocoa.
Medium length, loaded with sweet stewed fruits, clove, baking spice and caramel. The complexity is impressive.
I didn't know what I would think of this but I really enjoyed it. The complexity was impressive and it didn't beat you over the head with one specific note. I thought this was really well done.