Booze

Stranahan's will release Conundrum Peak Snowflake tomorrow

Stranahan's built its brand on its original Colorado Whiskey, which grew the company from a micro-distillery to an explosive phenomenon -- and then resulted in Proximo Spirits buying Stranahan's late last year.

Over the years, though, Stranahan's has mixed it up every so often and released special bottles from the one-off, one-barrel Snowflake series, selling the very small run only at the distillery. And even after master distiller Jake Norris left earlier this year, the team vowed to continue the practice.

And tomorrow, Stranahan's will release the tenth selection in the series, when Conundrum Peak Snowflake goes on sale at 10 a.m.

Past Snowflake series whiskeys have been aged in a variety of barrels, including port and Cabernet; Conundrum Peak spent time in white oak vessels that once held Syrah. Therefore, Stranahan's announcement promises, you can expect the spirit to be "deep red in color with an oaky, caramel-vanilla nose." Tasting notes include black currant, caramel, rose hips and aged leather.

Each bottle rings in at $99, and Stranahan's is enforcing a two-bottle-per-person limit -- so if the crowds that lined up for past releases are any indication, you'll want to get to the distillery at 200 South Kalamath before the doors open if you really want to get your hands on the goods.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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