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Drink Review: Stranahan’s Diamond Peak

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak is a single malt from Colorado. Aged for four years in charred barrels, this is creamy, rich and complex with notes of toffee, leather, raspberry and honey.

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Review:

Appearance: Black malt body colored, deep amber hues with hints of red present. Endless legs that remain; the wine-colored particles throughout are a testament to this.

Aroma: Sweet vanilla, coffee and light chocolate are prominent throughout the aroma.

Taste: A strong oak presence marks the first taste, followed by the sweet, rich flavors of vanilla, honey and plum. The dry deathly flavors of leather, black pepper and peppermint take the lead before being followed by the peppery spices of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg with a lengthy finish.

Palate: An intense oak presence marks the onslaught of flavor and the body is dark and thick. Dried fruits, black pepper and leathery flavors linger throughout the palate.

Finish: The finish is a lengthier length and more robust that other Stranahan’s, cut by the burn of coffee and the menthol of clove.

Overall: Stranahan’s Diamond Peak is a well-crafted whiskey, with a distinct and highly enjoyable flavor profile. While I would not say it is my favorite of the Stranahan’s lineup, it is very good and worthy of full consideration. If you enjoy the flavor of Stranahan’s and can get a bottle for little-to-no cost, it is absolutely worth a try.

Rating: 4/5

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Review 1:

Appearance: Deep amber body colored. Velvety, dense legs coating the glass.

Aroma: Complex, layered, spicy, with strong notes of vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, and honey.

Taste: Sweet, warm, dry spice with notes of vanilla, pomegranate, pepper, and honey.

Palate: Oily, dense, smooth, and silky. Long finish, peppery and spicy with notes of maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Finish: Long and savory. Black pepper, clove and hints of cardamom lingers in the aftertaste.

Overall: After being impressed with Stranahan’s Old Chub, I had high expectations for this. While not as good as the Old Chub, it was still very enjoyable, and I highly recommend trying it at some point.

Rating: 8/10

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Review 2:

Appearance: The color of the bottle is not as deep as other Stranahan’s, but there are some dark hues.

Aroma: There is a big addition of oak to the nose, but the vanilla dominates the other flavors.

Taste: The aftertaste is round and smooth, featuring notes of vanilla, oak, cherry and maple.

Palate: Dense medium length, viscous.

Finish: The finish is smooth and dry with notes of vanilla, oak, and cherry.

Overall: The flavor profile is very good, but the oak makes for a flavor profile that is very different from the others, most of which are very well balanced and hit all the marks.

Rating: 8/10

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Review 3:

Appearance: Deep amber, nearly black coloring. Dense legs present.

Aroma: Sweet vanilla and oak immediately jump out of the glass, with layers of cherry, honey and spice following behind. Oak is the dominant flavor on the nose, but the flavors are well-balanced and get lost in the aroma.

Taste: The sweet vanilla is pleasant and not overwhelming as it is in the aroma. The whiskey is thick and sweet, but still a little dry. The flavors of brown sugar, chocolate and honey follow the oak, which is dry and spicy. The flavor of spicy oak is prominent until the finish, where the bourbon sweetness of vanilla and spice are present.

Palate: Dense and creamy. Long smooth finish.

Overall: If you like sweet bourbon whiskey, this is a solid choice. It was the first Stranahan’s I tried, but it will absolutely not be the last.

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Review 4:

Appearance: Deep amber with darker tones, lighter edges, and almost a wine-ish coloring. When held up to the light, the wine color seems to recede. Very dense legs present; swirling the glass will produce a tangible pop when the legs separate from the glass.

Aroma: Strong floral notes dominate the aroma from the first pour. The spices of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg follow and have a toffee scent reminiscent of cherry. The vanilla, however, overtakes the other flavors, giving the aroma a minty touch.

Taste: The flavor of the whiskey rivals its aroma. The spiciness of the spices is present throughout and is followed by a sweet, minty finish that reminds me of chewing on peppermint gum. The oak is smoky and strong, but the wine notes are not overpowering and balance out the taste.

Palate: Dense and creamy. The aftertaste is fairly short. The flavors of clove and tobacco are present in the finish.

Finish: The finish is almost minty. Once again, the spiciness from clove and cinnamon join in and it tastes like I have been chewing on clove sticks.

Overall: The Stranahan’s Diamond Peak is a unique bourbon that is remarkably different from the others. I enjoyed it, but found it distracting and I prefer the sweeter flavors from the others.

Rating: 7/10

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Review 5:

Appearance: Deep brown, nearly black coloring. Very viscous, creamy legs present.

Aroma: The aroma starts out with rich oak and vanilla but fades just a bit in parity with the rest of the Stranahan’s line. Hints of cinnamon and clove can be detected, but are not dominant. The age on the bottle is a little clearer at this point but is still dominated by the aromas.

Taste: The flavor begins with oak and cocoa, which is a nice mix. The spice of clove and cinnamon is present in the finish and it has a nice dry finish.

Palate: Thick, sweet, almost syrupy, with notes of clove and pepper coming though in the aftertaste.

Finish: Short, but slightly syrupy with hints of cinnamon.

Overall: The Stranahan’s Diamond Peak is surprisingly good. The whiskey is sweet, but not too sweet. The oak is very well balanced and there are some unique flavors to keep you interested. The Stranahan’s line can be hit or miss, but if you are a fan of complex bourbons, I would recommend giving this one a try. I would recommend the Stranahan’s line for the fan of complex bourbons, or if a good value is your goal, try one of the others.

Rating: 8/10

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Review 6:

Appearance: Deep amber, with a fine amorphous bubbling frame surrounding the glass.

Aroma: There is an abundance of vanilla and oak, with touches of light honey and cherry. The oak is present right from the start and isn’t replaced by the other flavors which I found interesting.

Taste: The taste is very sweet. The balance of the oak and the sweetness of the vanilla is perfect. The spice that comes through in the aftertaste is similar to the one that is present in the aroma. It is a short finish of minty flavors.

Palate: Thick, with strong oak and minty flavors present. The aftertaste is almost watered down by the wine base.

Finish: The finish is short but it is enjoyable.

Overall: Stranahan’s is a nice American whiskey that I would recommend as a go to bourbon. The most unique flavors are present and the flavors are very good.

Rating: 8/10

Written by Mark Adams

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