Breckenridge Distillery has the label for the world’s highest distillery sitting at 9,600 feet above sea level in a small mountain town named Breckenridge in Colorado. Beyond that neat fact, they have acquired quite the collection of awards. Just to name a few, Breckenridge Distillery has won, 2016 World Whiskies Awards Best American Blended, Gold Medal in The San Francisco Spirits Competition in 2014 and 2015, among many others. They are quickly gaining a good reputation in the market and people are talking, but with a product like this at an affordable price, they should be. Though the Breckenridge Whiskey Port Cask Finish comes with a little heftier price tag.
So why shouldn’t they age some of this Breckenridge Blended Whiskey into fine port casks if it won all these awards? Well they did and came out with Breckenridge Whiskey Port Cask Finish. Sitting as the worlds highest Distillery, Breckenridge Distillery uses snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains to distill their whiskey. They blend their own whiskey with other whiskies, which they are very transparent about, sourced in places like Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana that all fit their flavor profile and all have a high rye mash bill, as Breckenridge Whiskey does have a high rye mash bill at 38% rye, 56% corn, and 6% barley.
Distiller: Breckenridge Distillery
Age: Minimum of three years
ABV: 45% (90 proof)
Right off the bat fresh rye spice jumps out with notes of dark cherry, it almost smells like you just walked into a bakery store, some anise seed and a touch of mint are detected, with vanilla, caramel, and oak.
Sweet rye spice and licorice take the stage, followed quickly by caramel and vanilla, bright fruits with a touch of banana, and decent amount of oak.
The finish is medium in length, a little herbal spice that turns to licorice and fruits, followed by vanilla and oak.
Breckenridge Whiskey Port Cask Finish is going to cost you quite a bit more than their blended whiskey, but if you’re in a port cask finish kind of mood, the price is just below what some other companies are putting out that are close in quality. Breckenridge Whiskey Port Cask finish has an amazing taste that kept me wanting more. The high rye and the sweetness from the port cask balance each other out, making this worth the price tag.