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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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