Tincup American Whiskey screams Colorado. The bottle makes multiple references to the state, as does the leaflet that comes attached to the neck. Its website is plastered with whiskey bottles positioned picturesquely in Colorado mountain backdrops, and the company boasts of its connection to Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey co-founder Jess Graber, who can be seen on those pages sitting next to mountain streams. But despite all the marketing about Colorado, Tincup isn’t actually distilled here — and isn’t connected to the state’s craft distilling movement in any way. Rather, it is made in Indiana with Midwest grains and then shipped to Colorado where it is cut with local water and bottled at the Stranahan’s plant. It is named for Tincup, an old mining town in Gunnison County, Colo., which itself was named for the tin cups used by miners. TINCUP salutes this heritage with its rugged hexagonal bottle that is deeply embossed and suggests the Rocky Mountains. Its closure is an actual tin cup that can be used for sipping and sharing.
Created by distilling legend Jess Graber, founder of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, TINCUP is made from a unique blend of corn, rye and malt. Aged in new charred American white oak barrels, it is bottled at 84 proof in Colorado using pure Rocky Mountain water. On the nose, TINCUP evokes notes of citrus, black pepper and ginger snaps. On the palate, TINCUP suggests rye spice, cinnamon and caramel.