Whiskey survival stories have been a trend over the past few years. We’ve seen Hudson Double Charred Whiskey which as you can probably guess survived a large fire, hence the double charred name. Then there was E.H. Taylor, Jr. Warehouse C Tornado Surviving bourbon. Up for review today, a local American single malt whiskey which weathered horrific floods in Colorado, courtesy of Spirit Hound Distillers.

Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky — Spirit Hound Distillers
Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky — Spirit Hound Distillers

It takes a special kind of crazy to open a whiskey distillery, given the knowledge that it will be years before your product is ready to sell. A mere 9 months after Spirit Hound Distillers got up and running they were under three feet of water.

The 2013 Colorado floods was a natural disaster that started on September 9, 2013 as a slow-moving cold front stalled over Colorado, clashing with warm humid monsoonal air from the south. This resulted in heavy rain and catastrophic flooding along Colorado’s Front Range from Colorado Springs north to Fort Collins. Lyons, Colorado was among the worst hit, with 9.08 inches recorded September 12 and up to 17 inches of rain recorded by September 15. That’s comparable to Lyons’ average annual precipitation (20.7 inches).

Luckily, Spirit Hound Distillers and their barreled whiskey survived.

Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky (note that they’ve opted to drop the “e” in “whiskey” eschewing the American standard form) is a younger spirit aged for 2 years in oak before bottling. It can be regarded as “single barrel” as it is not blended but taken straight from the bottle to the barrel. As such, there will be some variation in flavor from batch to batch.

My bottle is buttery and smooth with a slightly sweet finish. The peat level is fairly mild, enough to satisfy a single malt scotch drinker but not so much to scare off a new whiskey drinker. Definitely a bottle I would recommend checking out.

Bottles of Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky are available at $65 each directly from the distillery and in some Denver/Boulder area liquor stores.