Did you know that Colorado makes a lot of American Single Malts? It seems like nearly every Colorado distillery offers one. In my opinion, Colorado is the American Single Malt capital of the world.
That begs a big question: Whose single malt is worth drinking? That's not such an easy one to answer. I've tried several, some are excellent, others are mediocre at best (and some of those big names fall under that latter description).
About a week ago, I visited the Golden Moon Distillery in Golden, Colorado. Golden Moon is a small, artisan operation. Founded in 2008 by Stephen Gould and Dr. Karen Knight, you're not going to find massive stills or a lot of fancy equipment - unless you call reclaimed equipment found at salvage yards fancy. This isn't junk by any means. Stephen has done an amazing job restoring and retrofitting equipment. Old equipment. Equipment used by distillers from, pardon the pun, many moons ago. And, that's how he likes to do things.
"The heart of Golden Moon Distillery is Mr. Gould’s world-class research library containing hundreds of rare books on distillation and related products and processes, some dating back to the 1500s. Most of the collection dates from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, though there are a few titles that are much older, or newer." - Golden Moon Distillery
Nose: Absolutely malt-forward, the other aromas consisted of apple and pear. When I drew the vapor into my mouth, honey and apple caressed my tongue.
Palate: The mouthfeel was both oily and warming. Initial flavors of malt and honey led to a fruity middle of apple and pear. The back was nutty with a good punch of milk chocolate.
Finish: Long and building in warmth, the finish featured toasted oak, white pepper, and cocoa powder.
Bottle, Bar, or Bust: There aren't a lot of notes, but what's there is delightful and I really didn't want to stop at one pour. So, I didn't. The result was the same, I sipped it slowly and relished it. Golden Moon Triple is correctly proofed and there's really not a darned thing to complain about. When you look back at the four-month age statement, it seems low but it works well. That leaves us with that $59.99 price tag - I'd pay it. If you tasted this blind there would be no way in the world you'd suspect its young age, and I'm willing to bet you'd smile from ear to ear. Golden Moon Triple snags a Bottle rating from me. Cheers!
My Simple, Easy to Understand Rating System
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It
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