"Snowflake" Mt. Silverheels

ABV 47%
REVIEWED Issue 119
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Brand: Stranahan's
Expression: "Snowflake" Mt. Silverheels
Type: USA Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 47%
Country/Region: USA / Colorado
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: An unusual nose of cider apple, cinnamon and berry fruit. Hints of herbs, smoky oak, violets, stem ginger and an almost wheaty note. The coffee/ caramel oak begins to dominate.
Palate: Milk chocolate coated toffee, herbal spice and some dark rye-like notes. The cider apple is noticeable along with a touch of roasted almonds, coffee. Very intense and unusual with building gritty tannins.
Finish: Long and very herbal with that rye-like note lingering and a chocolaty after-taste.
Comment: Wine cask (Merlot) finished Colorado Whiskey. Now that is unusual!
Taster   Annabel Meikle
Nose: A slightly disconcerting aroma of air freshener but it blows off. Peach and apricot hand soap, then more tropical fruits: mango, passion fruit, papaya and five spice.
Palate: Maple syrup flavoured with strawberry, peaches and cream. Five spice rub on a ham and some hickory smoke. Herbal, woody notes develop of sage and rosemary.
Finish: Medium weight, and becoming more gentle.
Comment: The initial nose is off putting but stick with it.
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