Today we'll be covering a new whiskey from Colorado, Tincup. Tincup is the newest product from Jess Graber, the award winning co-founder of Stranahan's Single Malt Colorado whiskey. Rather than write another piece on just his history, you can look at the links at the bottom of the article to find the original that was written when he was with his original company. Instead, I'll port over a paragraph from the aforementioned write-up.
"In an industry that either sticks to strict American tradition or is merely playing copycat to another country, Jess and Jake are pioneers blazing a new trail.
I would now personally like to thank Jess Graber from the bottom of my heart for taking time out of his busy schedule to allow me to gain insight into just how the geniuses over at Stranahan's create their masterpieces. I am honored to have had such an experience and I admire what he and Jake are doing more than they could ever know."
This whiskey is quite a bit different than Stranahan's due to the mix of grains in the bill. However, it also shares similarities in flavor profile to his original product. The aroma calls the fresh popped corn and spicy rye notes of the new recipe, but the malty pop of the barley is definitely present. Of course there are notes of caramel, vanilla, honey, and oak from the barrel as well.
The flavor of the barley is the forefront of the flavor spectrum Tincup produces, moving to to sweet cornbread, spiced fruits, honey, citrus, and it finishes with a bourbon-esque smoky corn note. Although I can't say I enjoyed this whiskey as much as his original product, I can say this whiskey is priced much better, and stands above many other whiskies in its price range. I highly suggest any whiskey fan to buy a bottle for around 25 dollars at your local Spec's.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (stars only allow full number scores)
Suggested Tasting Method: On the rocks.