Review: Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey

Category: Colorado bourbon whiskey

Origin: Breckenridge Distillery

Bottling: Official

ABV: 43% ABV

Cost: £69.95 for 70cl available from Master of Malt

Score: 85/100

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What they say:

Breckenridge Distillery

Our 4,000 square foot facility is located at 1925 Airport Rd in the ski town of Breckenridge, CO. We offer complimentary drop in tours and a retail shop six days per week. Come watch us mash, ferment, and distill our internationally renowned products daily. We utilize traditional open-top Scottish style fermenters and distill in a 700 Gallon Vendome custom copper combination pot still.

Besides our high-rye mash bill we owe our success to careful mingling of casks at each bottling and the perfect Breckenridge snowmelt water used for proofing. The natural minerality of our water source ensures the luscious mouth-feel, depth of flavor, and long finish making our whiskey one of the very best in the World.
Mash Bill
56% Yellow Corn, 38% Green Rye, 6% Barley
Barrel Program
100% new American White Oak barrels, 53 gallon
Average Age at bottling
2-3 years
ABV
43%
Most famous achievement
Received one of only three gold medals awarded at the 2011 Int’l Wine and Spirits Competition in the United Kingdom. Top three Bourbon in the World? You bet!

What I say:

Another sampler from our virtual world tour of whisky – this time a Bourbon from Breckenridge in Colorado

Colour:

Orange amber gold (14/20), medium tears

Nose:

Polished oak wood, beeswax, fruity oranges, a touch of tobacco leaf, cigar boxes, sweet, pear drops sweeties, floral, blossom, marmalade with ginger, rye bread, bubblegum and cinnamon spice

Taste:

Ginger and orange marmalade, bubblegum, cinnamon spice, herbal fennel, sweet, orange juice, egg custard with vanilla hints, creamy in mouthfeel, toffee oak wood

Finish:

Medium, drying, spicy and sweet vanilla

Overall:

A well balanced and quite fruity bourbon, plenty of baking spices and herbal flavours and oak wood derived flavours.  Hard to believe this has only spent 2-3 years maturing in oak casks having achieved such depth and balance of flavours.