The Colorado version of the Bourbon Trail full of whiskey warmers, expert cocktails and a few items to pick up.

Welcome to the Colorado Bourbon Trail, where we take you to three of our top distillers as voted by our readers. Not only to give you a little inspiration with what would make an excellent gift to get you in the spirit but you’ll also find specialty cocktails courtesy of the men who distill the magic.

Cheers! 

 

 

Leopold Bros. American Small Batch Whiskey

First released in 2010

43% Alc. by Vol. 86 Proof

 

Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey

First released in 2011

43% Alc. by Vol. 86 Proof

 

Leopold Bros. Michigan Cherry Whiskey

First released in 2013

40% Alc. by Vol. 80 Proof

 

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits Bourbon 

Awards:

Global Spirits Competition: Gold
North American Whiskey and Bourbon Competition: Gold
Denver International Spirits Festival: Gold 
Jim Murray’s 2018 Whiskey Bible ratings: 92 points

 

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits Rye 

Awards:

Global Spirits Competition: Double Gold
North American Whiskey and Bourbon Competition: Gold
Denver International Spirits Festival: Silver 
Jim Murray’s 2018 Whiskey Bible rating: 94 points

 

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak

Batch #21, aged in #3 char New White American Oak barrels.

NOSE: Dried apricot, tack-shed leather, black licorice, hint of wet cedar

PALATE: Turkish apricot, dark-roast coffee, butterscotch oak, cayenne and Mexican hot chocolate, with the parting gift of a rolling, creamy finish.

 

Stranahan’s Original 

Batch #202

NOSE: Caramel-butterscotch, vanilla, maple syrup, leather.

PALATE: Cinnamon-butter, vanilla, chocolate, warm caramel & spiced pear; flows over the tongue like table cream & melted brown sugar, finishing with a hint of cayenne, rich tobacco, oak & aged leather.

 

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask 

Batch #3

NOSE: Over-ripe cherry, sweet apples, raisins, almonds, leather and fresh-cut hay.

PALATE: Honey, Montmorency cherries, blackcurrant, and fig, with a nutty brine and walnut characteristics.

 

 

Leopold Bros.

Distiller Todd Leopold

Remember The Maine

  • 1½ oz. Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte
  • 2 dashes bitters

Combine Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey, Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur, bitters and ice in a mixing glass. Stir until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass that has been rinsed, or coated on the inside, with Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte. Garnish with a cherry. 

Flavor Profile | “Pre-Prohibition American rye whiskey involved two different styles. The first, Pennsylvania rye (known sometimes as Monongahela-style) is generally spicy, dry and heavily oaked. Maryland rye, by contrast, is fruity, floral and less aggressive. Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey achieves this unique flavor profile by hand selecting a variety of yeast strains to use in our fermentation process, paying homage to a lost style of whiskey that hasn’t been distilled in the United States in decades. In keeping with tradition, the rye whiskey is barreled at 98 proof, enabling the flavors to develop in our charred American oak barrels.”

 

 

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.

Distiller Shawn Hogan

The Diamondback

  • 2 oz 10th Mountain Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Applejack(apple brandy)
  • 3/4 oz green Chartreuse

Flavor Profile | “Our rye has some toffee, caramel and plenty of spice notes which all pair well with the apple brandy’s sweetness and the rich, herb flavor of the Chartreuse. And it all works great as the season gets colder.”

 

Stranahan’s

Master Distiller Rob Dietrich

Stranhattan

  • 1.5 oz Stranahan’s Rocky Mountain Single Malt Whiskey
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash Bitters 
  • 1  Luxardo Cherry 

Glass: Short Coupe

Served: Neat

Made: Stir and Strained

Garnish: Luxardo Cherry

Flavor Profile | “Stranahan’s Original has an aroma of caramel-butterscotch and maple syrup mixed with a palate of cinnamon-butter, vanilla, chocolate and spiced pear that provides an amazing flavor profile for any classic whiskey cocktail. One of my favorite cocktails happens to be our take on the Manhattan, which we call the “Stranahattan,” however my all-time favorite cocktail is our Stranahan’s Diamond Peak 4 year whiskey on ice. I like to keep it simple!”