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Whiskey Review : Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey

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Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey

Country: United States
Distillery: Breckenridge Distillery
Bottler: Breckenridge Distillery
Distillation Date: Unknown
Style: Bourbon Whiskey
Bottling Date: 2008
Alcohol: 86 (43% ABV)
Price: About $40.00 usd ( 750ml )

Behind The Booze:

As some of you know, my wife and I recently went to Breckenrdige, Colorado for our 1 year wedding anniversary. Aside from falling in love with the town and the surrounding areas and never wanting to leave ( wife and I both want to move there asap ) – I also happened to walk past the Breckenridge Distillery storefront in downtown Breckenridge and found out about their hand crafted spirit which is born at 9600 feet, from Rocky Mountain snowmelt none the less. I was impressed to learn that their unique, high-rye mash is mixed with the natural mineral rich water into a traditional open-top Scottish style fermenter and distilled in a 700 gallon Vendome copper combination pot still. If that isn’t enough to catch your attention, this spirit is aged in 100% new American White Oak barrels for 2-3 years and has recently been awarded the 2011 International Wine and Spirits Competition in the United Kingdom and was named one of the top three Bourbon’s in the world. If you would like to learn more about the worlds highest distillery, please check out for more info. Enough with me rambling, onto the damn review!


Alright, even it wasn’t for the image of the Breckenridge view of the Rocky Mountains, I am still impressed with the packaging. Subtle enough to pass it by in a rush but detailed enough to absorb your attention for a few minutes.The spirit itself has this dirty water look – it is not quite a dark caramel since it does show a bit of light through the glass, but this is more of a reassurance to me that ( hopefully ) this Bourbon wont carry an overwhelming kick with it. The Bourbon does seem to hang to the sides of the glass a bit as I swirl it around, but only briefly before falling back into the mix.


This is the most important part, right?! This is one of those times when you can say the smell is reminesscent of the flavor – this Bourbon has one heck of a strong oak backbone with a few sweet notes of caramel, honey and vanilla sneaking through. Surprisingly enough this Bourbon is actually very slight on the bite, making sipping a more often occurance since you are not fighting the heat after each pull. I have read some sites that report cherry and floral type notes – but I was unable to pick out any of these. The only thing I was getting aside from the Oak, caramel, honey and vanilla was this ‘tang’ that seemed to settle right at the back of my jaw – it was enjoyable but I can see how some may not find it to be their preferred flavor profile.


I am in love with the entire Breckenridge area so when I was in town and had the chance to grab a bottle, I didn’t even think twice – I had to have it. I had never heard of it before, yet alone been able to grab a sample and to be honest – this was one of the few times where it didn’t bite me in the ass. This is not Bookers and this is not Woodford but for the price, I think the Breckenridge Bourbon might just be at the same party. If you prefer lighter, less heat Bourbons that still contain that higher ABV than I suggest you try to locate a bottle of this bourbon. If you have had the ability to give them a try, let me know what you think!

As an added bit on this one – enjoy a mixed drink receipe!

Mix it up with – “Breckenridge Batch”

Ingredients: 3/4 oz. Bourbon, 3/4 oz. Brandy, 3/4 oz. Benedictine, 1/2 oz. Orange Juice , 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
Directions: Shake with ice and pour into collins glass nearly filled with shaved ice. Then fill with carbonated water and stir gently. Decorate with orange and lemon slices and serve with straw.

Step back, relax, and enjoy.

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