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Breckenridge Broncos Bourbon Blend Orange

$42.99

OVERALL
RATING

6

Whiskey Review: Breckenridge Broncos Bourbon Blend Orange

Tasting Notes:

About:
86 proof (43% ABV), 750ml bottle, $42.99 msrp.
Appearance:
This bourbon is very light in color, with just a slight reddish hue.
Nose:
There is a slight fruitiness, with deep butterscotch notes, followed by a touch of spice.
Palate:
This bourbon has some nice notes of dark chocolate and caramel, ending with a touch of leather and spice.
Finish:
Comments:
All in all, I feel like this particular blend feels like an average blended whiskey. It’s not terrible, but there is not a strong flavor. It may be a good starting point for someone looking to try getting into bourbon, and I’m sure if you are a Broncos fan, the price point is low enough for a special edition that it would definitely be worth it. rnrnYou could try this on the rocks, but I would suggest using it as a mixer for some of the cocktails that Breckenridge suggests on their website.

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. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link in this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs. 

Breckenridge Distillery and the Denver Broncos recently teamed up to create two special edition whiskeys. These special editions are just known as the Orange and Blue editions. This year’s team whiskeys are led by former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffery, and former Broncos linebacker Alfred Williams. 

Breckenridge Distillery was founded in 2008, by former physician Bryan Nolt. Nolt took his love of whiskey and art and blended them together to create Breckenridge. As a physician, Nolt began thinking about what kind of things make one happier, and enrich their lives. He felt that whiskey (in moderation of course) and art were both things that could help.

Rather than just collecting art to display at the distillery, Nolt has employed local artists to create new and unique pieces within the distillery. In Nolt’s own words, “I like graffiti and supporting local artists. I’ve always had a few pieces here and there, but after we expanded I started bringing artists here to paint the walls, so now we have whole walls that are graffitied up.”

In 2021, Breckenridge teamed up with the Denver Broncos, to become the official bourbon of the Broncos. In 2023, they also became the official vodka of the Broncos. In 2021 they did their first Orange and Blue competition with the Champions blends, with teams headed by former Broncos Jake Plummer and Reggie Rivers. In 2022, with the Mile High Blends, one team was led once again by Jake Plummer, and the other by Karl Mecklenburg.

And, in 2023, they have now done the Back-to-Back blends, with team leaders McCaffery and Williams. 

McCaffery and Breckenridge founder Nolt teamed up for this year’s Orange blend, while Williams and Breckenridge head distiller Hans Stafsholt have created the Blue blend. These Back-to-Back blends are in honor of the Broncos Super Bowl wins in 1997 and 1998.

Breckenridge Broncos Bourbon Blend Orange review
We review Breckenridge Broncos Bourbon Blend Orange, one of two Breckenridge blends for 2023 to celebrate previous Denver Broncos championships. (image via Breckenridge)

Tasting Notes: Breckenridge Broncos Bourbon Blend Orange

Vital Stats: 86 proof (43% ABV), 750ml bottle, $42.99 msrp.

Appearance: This bourbon is very light in color, with just a slight reddish hue. 

Nose: There is a slight fruitiness, with deep butterscotch notes, followed by a touch of spice.

Palate: This bourbon has some nice notes of dark chocolate and caramel, ending with a touch of leather and spice. 

James Logan

Just an average guy with a background in food service and retail management. In my mid 20’s I developed a deep love of whiskey based drinks. After receiving a bottle of 15 year old Scotch whiskey as a birthday present, I soon began a yearly ritual of trying a new brand of Scotch whiskey every year. I thoroughly enjoyed sampling each new brand and age, and comparing them with the previous year’s selection. While no expert in whiskey or writing, I hope my ‘average guy’ status and mentality will help reach others who are just starting their journey into whiskey’s, and give them a little helping hand that I missed out on when I started my journey.

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