Whiskey Review: Breckenridge Sexy Motor Oil Whiskey

, | May 16, 2023

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by the party behind it. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. 

Breckenridge Distillery is located in Breckenridge, Colorado, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, where the high altitude and cold temperatures create one set of ideal conditions for whiskey production and aging. The town of Breckenridge is a popular destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities, and the distillery has become a popular attraction for visitors to the area.

In addition to their distillery operations, Breckenridge Distillery also operates a restaurant and tasting room where visitors can sample their spirits and learn more about their production processes.

Interestingly enough, there is also a Breckenridge Brewery – another craft operation like Breckenridge Distillery, and they are known for producing a wide range of beers, including traditional styles like IPAs and stouts, as well as experimental and seasonal offerings.

And they are often confused with each other! So they decided – why not collaborate? What a great idea. Sexy Motor Oil’s journey started as Breckenridge Brewery’s Imperial Oatmeal Stout. According to the Head Distiller Hans Stafsholt of Breckenridge Distillery, “They get our barrels for their Sexy and we get their barrels back for our Sexy.”

So how about that name? Unusual isn’t it? Not often you name a drink as motor oil, but here is the story behind it: Breckenridge Brewery Brewers Stone Fisher and Suzanne Nance were doing some market research and sipping on some Goose Island’s famous Bourbon County beer – and anybody who tried it knows that it is an intense, boozy, and deep flavored beer. According to the distillery’s website: ‘Anthony was taking sips of beer with them and out of his mouth came…”Yummmm, this is like sexy motor oil!” Jimmy and Suzanne’s ears perked up, they looked at each other with a mutual smirk of brewer’s insider knowledge and Jimmy stated: “we’re creating a beer for that name.” ‘

So the brewery gets the barrels from the distillery to make their Sexy Motor Oil beer (which is a barrel aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout), and then the distillery gets the barrels back for a full loop to make their Sexy Motor Oil finished bourbon, to be sold exclusively at their distillery.

This is the third edition of their particular collaboration. The whiskey is aged 10-13 months in the once bourbon now beer barrels, which is a pretty long time for finishing a bourbon.

Breckenridge Sexy Motor Oil Whiskey review

We review Breckenridge Sexy Motor Oil Whiskey, a collaborative project between Breckenridge Distillery and neighbor Breckenridge Brewery. (image via Breckenridge Distillery)

Tasting Notes: Breckenridge Sexy Motor Oil Whiskey

Vital Stats: 109.5 proof; mash bill undisclosed; non-age statement; $200; sold exclusively at the distillery

Appearance: Dark amber

Nose: Tropical, hints of banana and chocolate notes. Ripe apple. The distillery notes are on the money.

Palate: Intense, in a very good way. A little upfront burn goes away fades but stays, very pleasant. Let’s you know it is there, but not overbearing. Vivid bitterness and dryness of dark chocolate – again, very enjoyable. Finish is not super long, but that slight banana stays longer than other notes.

Whiskey Review: Breckenridge Sexy Motor Oil Whiskey


This is a unique whiskey with a unique name and a unique story. I love the concept of the full circle of the barrels being reused by the distillery. I really enjoyed this even though I was not sure what to expect as a whiskey with such a name can sound gimmicky, and frankly how many people want to drink motor oil, right?

But this goes to show not to judge a book by the cover or the name. Finished whiskeys are a dime a dozen lately and many times it is a young whiskey hiding behind an overbearing finish. Not this one. Now, I am not sure what the age on this is, but regardless, the finish works really well.

I would pair this with many different options – a good steak, a creamy dessert like creme brulee, and why not a cigar? If you have a chance, try it for a unique experience.

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