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Breckenridge Bourbon – Review

Breckenridge Bourbon Background

Breckenridge BourbonAs the name suggests this Breckenridge Bourbon is made at 9600 feet in Breckenridge, CO. The situation is murky about the source of the whiskey, whether it’s distilled by Breckenridge, sourced elsewhere, or a blend of the two. Or if the status has changed at some point. At one point they did blend in older whiskey, but apparently those days are over. Owner Bryan Nolt is quoted about this Bourbon: “Yes, we make the Bourbon in the bottle ourselves. Depending on the bottle, there could be some from a barrel distilled off-site to our specifications with our exact mash bill, yeast strain, and technique.” So, they distill it themselves, except when they don’t. What we do know is they promote the altitude of their operation and point out their local water source is supplied by snow melt.

The water source is interesting to me. Colorado’s water is generally pretty hard vs the moderate to soft water in Kentucky. Neither have much mineral, in particularly iron, so that’s a good thing, but the chemistry is still different. Water chemistry should affect flavors and pH. Colorado has good water for making beer, but what about cutting for whiskey?

Details

56% Corn, 38% Rye, 6% Barley. Bottled at 43%. Aged 2-6 years. $42.50 Shelf Price. (2016)

Aroma

Floral. Honey. Cinnamon. Apples. Caramel. Maybe a little vegetal, cream corn. Spicy. Charred Oak

Flavor

Spicy oak. Nice sweetness balanced with spiciness and a little astringent dryness. Flavorful. Soft mouthfeel. Creamy. Pretty smooth. Kind of a salty. It’s pleasant. Caramel and vanilla. Mildly warming. Finish kind of fades into medium spiciness and a little acrid note.

Overall

Breckenridge Bourbon is pretty nice drinker with a lot of flavor. Goes down easy. A couple times the finish turns me off a bit for some reason. Sweetness is balanced out by the ample rye spice and charred oak. It’s fairly refreshing drink. Seems bright and lively. Flavorful.

I enjoyed it, but not $43 enjoyed it. It’s not bad, but I can think of a few other high-rye Bourbons I’d rather drink for the price such as Four Roses Single Barrel. Nice, but just seems pricy for this whiskey experience.

Half of selling whiskey these days seem to be about storytelling and they’ve got a good story. I’m, however, unconvinced the snowmelt water and altitude adds to the product in the bottle, but it’s still a nice story. The water profile I think does reveal itself with a softer mouthfeel and a little saltiness. If you dig their story, give it a go, but otherwise you probably won’t miss much.

Breckenridge Bourbon Recommendation

Try a Glass – 2.5/5 Rating

(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations. )

Buying Options

I like to offer some options for similar Bourbons around this price. Feel free to investigate other reviews for further research.

Some other high rye Bourbons worth checking out include Four Roses Small Batch, Ridgemont Reserve, Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year, Four Roses Single Barrel, Basil Hayden, and Bulleit 10 Year.

Breckenridge Bourbon Reference Links

Breckenridge Bourbon master distiller Jordan Via Interview 
Breckenridge Bourbon master distiller Jordan Via Interview
Breckenridge Bourbon owner Bryan Nolt (Comments)
Sku’s Recent Eats on Breakenridge Bourbon