California’s Breaker Bourbon Gets Port, Wheated Variants

| January 21, 2016

Ascendent Spirits out of California is known to drinkers for its sourced Breaker Bourbon, reportedly blended one small batch at a time from eight “hand chosen barrels that have been aged for at least five years.” They are now looking to expand beyond this core offering, recently unveiling port-cask finished and high wheat variants.

The new Breaker Wheated Bourbon, according to Ascendant, replaces the rye found in the standard bourbon’s mashbill with a wheat grain instead. The result is a whiskey that’s “slightly softer on the palate.” It is pricing for at least $55 a bottle at online liquor retailers.

Breaker Bourbon

image via Ascendent Spirits

The more interesting new offering, meanwhile, is the Breaker Bourbon Port Finish. It is said to be inspired “by the talented artisans making some of the world’s best wines in the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Rita Hills,” which is close to where the distillery does business. For this release, Ascendent has taken is baseline bourbon and finished it in beautifully seasoned port barrels that were acquired from a local winemaker for a secondary aging.

This bourbon, like others in the Breaker line, is blended from just eight barrels, resulting in something of a limited release. Official, limited tasting notes from the distillery for it are below, and should you seek out a bottle of this expect to pay at least $60 a bottle through online liquor retailers.

When poured, the bourbon opens up with typical aromas: Vanilla, cereal grains, oak, and spice. It starts with a rich, stewed fruit and vanilla sweetness and leads to a dry finish. Citrus and spice linger on the palate with baked apple notes hidden beneath.

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...