Forged through an unlikely friendship, Stranahan's paved the way for American Single Malt. After some time, the brand wanted to expand and created more traditional American bourbon but had no capacity at the Stranahan's distillery. As a result, it looked to MGP and secured a contract. Distilled at MGP, trucked to Colorado and cut with water from Colorado, Tincup was born as an interesting project with an unusual focus on water. This limited release comes with Tincup donating $14,000 to the conservation initiatives set to protect "14ers" — peaks that are at least 14,000 feet high. 64% Corn, 32% Rye, 4% Barley. Water source is unique for this limited edition: El Dorado spring, hailing from just south of Boulder, CO.
Rich cocoa and honey, waffle batter, toffee and a touch of praline, caramel. It's surprisingly nutty, a good deal of peanut brittle, light almond and a touch of walnut.
Moderate viscosity, given the proof it's not surprising that this isn't a sticky, rich, viscous pour. It drinks nicely, it's still quite flavorful, with plenty of orange peel, toffee, a touch of caramel and vanilla bean. Moderate tannins, a bit woody but not overdriven.
Long finish, a touch bitter. Drying on the palate but not too oaky or dry. Maple, toffee, a good deal of tannin and oak. Light cocoa and a touch of marshmallow.
Overall, this release is positioned to serve a dramatically underserved market: affordable, high-age-statement, moderate-proof whiskey. There isn't a lot out there in this space, and this does great at what it's supposed to do. Lovers of high-proof bourbon need not apply. If moderately proofed whiskey with an exceptional finish is your jam, this is worth a snag.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.