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Ironton Straight Malt Whiskey, Batch 2 Review

Ironton Straight Malt Whiskey, Batch 2 Review


Distilled by Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse in Denver, Colorado


Founded in 2018


Head distiller: Laura Walters


Accolades: Gold 2022, Denver International Spirits Institute


Age: at least 2 years


Barrels: 53 gallon, charred new oak


Barrel char: No. 2


Cooperage: Adirondack


Mashbill: 100% malted barley (locally sourced)


Malting house: Troubadour Maltings


Still type: two locally made custom hybrids… Big Karl & Margo


Proof off the still: 160


Barrel entry proof: 110


Bottling proof: 86


Nose 👃: Black cherry. Brown sugar.  Nutmeg. Toffee. Honeysuckle.


Palate 👅: Toffee. Peach. Cinnamon. Buttercream frosting. Honey. Medium viscosity.


Finish 🏁: Peach.  Nutmeg. Honey. Long in length.


This is my first experience with Ironton, but quite aware that good things are happening with Colorado whiskey.  I entered this tasting with no preconceived notions and no rumors regarding quality of Ironton… other than age.


I find this malt whiskey to be quite enjoyable… definitely far more than I anticipated for 2+ years.  Ignoring the “good for 2+ year” angle… I simply enjoy it for any age.  Scotland has conditioned us to think single malt only starts being good at around 12 years.  Personally, some of my preferred single malts have been much younger.


Ironton is a newer player in the game… and I like this whiskey.  The fruity nose & palate definitely works for me.


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