Breckenridge Bourbon

Breckenridge Bourbon is a 2 to 3-year-old (although there's no age statement), 86 proof, Colorado Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  We think.  "Breck" Distillery is the highest in the world at 9,600 feet above sea level.  Its owners set out to make single malt whiskey, but got the bourbon to market first while the single malt spends a few more years in the wood.

It is apparently made with Rocky Mountain snowmelt, which is high in minerals.  The mash bill is high in rye (56% yellow corn, 38% green rye, 6% unmalted barley).  It comes in a sturdy, squat bottle- the same bottle that Buffalo Trace uses for George T. Stagg, Jr.  

It is not clear whether Breckenridge distilled and aged their bourbon, sourced it, or blended sourced whiskey with some new make.  It's worth your time to read Chuck Cowdery's post, "A Mystery at 9,600 feet".

While I was secretly hoping to NOT like Breckenridge Bourbon (lots of hype, lots of awards, Colorado people think everything in Colorado is amazing, the mystery over the source), it is really quite delicious.  I highly recommend it, just like I recommend other Colorado whiskeys (10th Mountain BourbonLeopold Bros. American Small Batch Whiskey, and Stranahan's).

Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey Special Release

Breckenridge Distillery
86 proof
$45 at Southern Spirits in Rock Hill, SC

Color: Fairly light- close to what I'd consider "maize."

Nose: Sweeter and creamier than most.  Honey, burnt brown sugar, caramel, vanilla frosting, a hint of vegetal grassiness.

Tasting Notes: The first sip is sweet corn and maple syrup.  That sweetness develops and rolls into some heat, rye bread, black pepper, light oak, and cinnamon.  The body is medium and the finish is moderate.

Overall: A-.  Breckenridge Bourbon drinks heavier than 86 proof.  It drinks more sophisticated than 2 to 3 years old.  It drinks sweeter than 38% rye.  It drinks more expensive than $40.  My only complaint, beyond the source mystery, is that sweet corn is rather prevalent in the nose and palate, sort of like Hudson Baby Bourbon.  It is never so "corny" as to dominate the experience.  This is a great of a bourbon- worth every penny for a personal cabinet, even if it's a blend of MGP and Rocky Mountain.