Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Breckenridge Distillery. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.
Breckenridge Distillery is the height of whiskey – quite literally. At 9,600 feet, they distill at the highest elevation of any spirits distillery in the world, making them the “World’s Highest Distillery”. And this is far from their only bragging right.
This distillery has shown itself to be a bit of a phenom. Since its inception in 2008, Breckenridge has won a slew of awards between their products, brand and people. They’ve snagged four separate Icons of Whisky awards in four separate categories, the most recent being for Visitor Attraction and Bar Manager (for Billie Keithley) in 2021.
The bourbon at the base of this expression (reviewed here) has its own set of awards as well. It received the World Whiskies Awards Best American Blended award four years in a row (2016 – 2019), and the Int’l Wine & Spirits Competition Best Bourbon in 2011. This high rye bourbon is distilled with “snowmelt water” and aged at least three years in new charred oak.
Even without a high age statement, this expression has centuries behind it. The whiskey is finished in Pedro Ximenez (or PX) sherry cask – one of the sweetest wines in the world, produced in Andalusia, Spain. The distillery states that the specific PX barrels used for their products come from a solera hundreds of years old.
Breckenridge Whiskey PX Cask Finish joins the other unique cask finishes of rum, madeira, and port. Their full product range is fairly expansive, with several other types of whiskey as well as clear spirits and an aperitif bitter. All of which can be sampled at their restaurant, either on their own or from their impressive cocktail list.
Breckenridge is still a teenager distillery, but they’ve created a substantial operation with a wide range and a lot to offer. This is a label to pay attention to.
Tasting Notes: Breckenridge Whiskey PX Cask Finish
Vital Stats: 90 Proof, 45% ABV, aged a minimum of three years in charred new American oak, finished in PX sherry casks. Batch number 6, 750ml, $57
Appearance: Few, quick legs, bright golden amber.
Nose: Raisins and spun sugar burst out and are nearly cloying, balanced by worn leather
Palate: A fruity kick similar to punch starts off here, deepening into fruit leather and baking spices. The back palate comes in with creaminess and some warmth, wrapping up with a fairly quick finish.
This whiskey is good. It’s very down the line, neither crazy nor boring. The dessert wine finish nearly makes it a dessert whiskey. It’s sweet, but certainly not one-note in that regard. This is a pretty easy sipper that tastes good, either after dinner or just to relax with. Rum lovers or those looking for a softer introduction to whiskey will find a friend in this bottle.
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Talia is part of the Portland service industry community, and an alumna of the Multnomah Whiskey Library. She’s an avid spirit and cocktail enthusiast, and likes to experience them both academically and recreationally. When not sipping whiskey she’s a ceramic artist and lover of travel.