Spirit Hound Distillery in Lyons, CO
Straight Malt Whiskey
100% Malted Barley
100 Proof (50% ABV)
Spirit Hound Distillery Website
Spirit Hound Distillers is a one-of-a-kind distillery. In all the distilleries we’ve been to, we’ve never quite experienced anything like it.
They’ve been around for over a decade, but their fire, their passion, and their love of distilling hasn’t diluted the slightest minutia during that time. It feels like the rose-colored glasses never came off.
They only produce single barrels, so their expressions are always different. However, their Bottled in Bond straight malt which we’re reviewing today is a special collaboration with The Stanley Hotel. And, as Stephen King fans, we’re really excited to dive into this bottle.
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Notes & Review
Nose: Whopper malt ball, root beer, black licorice, winter spices, roasted oak notes make it a very deep and unique nose that I absolutely love.
Palate: Sasparilla and licorice give it a delicious earthy and rooty rootiness. There is almost a carbonated woody note that’s very interesting, but really goes well with the soda-feel of the pour. There are notes of baking spice, cinnamon, and dry roasted oak.
Finish: Dry root sweetness, spiced malt, torched vanilla, roasted oak, and molasses.
The Stanley Hotel is a horror lover’s dream. It’s the hotel that inspired Stephen King’s classic The Shining. And, now their single-barrel program makes them a whiskey lover’s dream.
They have some amazing selections, and this Spirit Hound selection brings the top-notch flavor in spades.
There’s a delicious rooty note to it that we absolutely love. It kept me on my toes, and added a depth and dimension that I wasn’t expecting. There was a nice malty flavor that kept the pour warm, but not hot.
Overall, it was a great pour that we’re glad we have a bottle of. But, not for long because we’re still drinking it.
Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.