Strong palates have met their match: Breckenrigde

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If you are one of those who thinks that, when it comes to drinking whiskey, you’d rather feel a strong, burning sensation or nothing at all, you have found your match. Breckenrigde made their special Whiskey Port Cask Finish just for you.

What makes this bourbon different than regular whiskeys is the odd pairing of bourbon and port wine. The high-rye bourbon is, in fact, finished in ex-port barrels, which creates that surprisingly satisfying combination of fruitiness and sweetness, which still doesn’t compromise the alcoholic strength of the drink.

Made from a mash bill of 56% corn, 38% rye and 6% malted barley, this bourbon is the blend of whiskies produced at Breckenridge distillery, MGP in Indiana and a Kentucky distillery.

It is aged for a minimum of three years in 53 gallons new American oak barrels, before being finished for a further 4 to 6 months in 59 gallons Tawny Port casks of various age (ranging up to 20 years old) from Portugal for 4-6 months, which adds aroma and flavor of sultana raisin and maple syrup to alleviate the natural spicy finish. Finished in 8-10 barrel batches when superior port casks become available, each release has a “unique expression unto itself”.

Such intricate process made this whiskey, at first, a limited product: the additional flavoring barrels and the long aging time necessary to blend the flavors, led Breckenrigde to opt for a very limited prototype production for Port Cask Finish Whiskey. However, the growing popularity and its unique profile made it a permanent member of the Breckneridge family.

The full amber colour, clearly determined by the port aging component, its sweet vanilla and caramel-oriented scent with a touch of peppery rye, is only a deceiving interlude to a fierce yet still vinous and warm taste, which made Port Cask Finish the recipient of several awards, such as gold at the 2011 Wine and Spirits International Competition, and the 2012 International Whiskey Competition.

 

The final tasting profile, however, is characterized by a sweet, light note which gives way to the spiciness of the rye to reach front row only to be mellowed by the fruity flavor of the port finish, with an extra touch of banana and brown sugar.

Whiskey is one of the integral elements in the development of the spirit, soul and identity of the United States of America. While it may not look like an immediate connection, when the Scottish and Irish immigrants made their way to the new World in the early 1700s, they brought over their dissatisfaction with centralized government control, their will to liberate from an oppressive Church and their skills at distilling whiskey.

The result is the flourishing of a federal, protestant country, whose citizens love their whisky, as well as the roots of their nation.

Despite living in the third millennium, however, Bryan Nolt, founder of Breckenridge Distillery, still pays tribute and shows attachment to the very land where his whiskey is made.

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge Distillery is the highest in the world (9600 ft above the level of the sea). Founded in 2008, the distillery is the product of the ingeniosity of a radiologist who led his love for whiskey and entrepreneurial spirit take the wheel and convince him to leave the hospital and start making liquor.

After meeting distilling instructor Jordan Via while taking a class at the American Distilling Institute, and convincing him to be a part of the project, Nolt started his own distillery, which after 10 years features a large 500 gallons US copper pot still with a 3-plate rectifier column on top that was made by Vendome in Kentucky and distills bourbon, malt whiskey as well as vodka, gin and other liqueurs.

The uniqueness of Port Cask Finish is also enhanced, as mentioned above, by a fervent attachment to the place that hosts its production.Before being bottled, in fact, the whiskey is reduced to bottling strength of 45% ABV using snowmelt water from the mountains surrounding Breckenridge.  

Breckenridge Port Cask Finish is perfect for straight whiskey-lovers or with one very large ice cube for those with milder palate. It can be the best greeting for an out of town visitor or the warmest companion for a holiday night in in front of a roaring fire.

You can have Port Cask Finish delivered right to your door for a starting price of $50.