I love this series from Breckenridge Distillery the label is absolutely stunning and the bourbon inside is as unique as the label! The nose right off the bat is super sweet with strong maple notes and a lovely clove undertone which alone is a very cool experience. Tasting this expression was a delight as well, it is delicate in all the right ways with a sweetness of butterscotch and a very clean finish with a touch of spice. This bourbon keeps you going back for more and with every taste is a delight.
About the Artist
About the Founder
The Breckenridge Distillery is Bryan’s obsession, born by combining unbridled passion to create with a maniacal love of Whiskey. As a busy doctor, he didn’t have plans to enter a new career, but after returning from a Scotland Whisky pilgrimage, Bryan was fly fishing Mohawk Lakes above Breckenridge with his ER doc friend from Vail, catching rainbow trout, they vented out the usual stresses of their demanding profession until something unexpected happened. “The load on my back eased up a bit as we talked less about work and more about Whiskey,” said Bryan. While sharing a picnic lunch and a decadent bottle of wine, an opera singer’s voice bounced off the cliff walls of the water’s edge, “and my thoughts turned to capturing this moment and putting it in a bottle,” he said. It’s a rare thing when major career changes occur in waders at 12,073 ft.
XO Cognac is produced with well-known grapes from regions in France. A fine Cognac is 15% petite champagne and 85% Grande champagne blended typically in batches of 300 barrels and aged anywhere from 10-37 years in age (average of 25 years). Breckenridge Distillery imported those barrels and aged their Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey in those Cognac barrels for just over 2 years to date. This cask finish whiskey will be bottled and released as Breckenridge XO Cognac Cask Finish Whiskey for Series 2 of the Collectors Art Series.
Inviting aromatics of grape with a hint of clove and cinnamon.
Smooth caramel and dates embody the tongue with a hint of apple butter, cacao, and allspice as it travels all around your palate. Long finish of cinnamon, baking spice, and resounding dry oak.
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Some combos are fundamental: champagne and strawberries; Starsky and Hutch; peas and carrots. But some pairings are more obtuse, yet inherently natural. For Bryan Nolt, founder and CEO of Breckenridge Distillery, who creates art out of corn, rye and barley, the confluence of bourbon and art was inevitable.
After all, it takes the perfect blend of ingredients, pure Rocky Mountain water and time to create one of most the highly awarded craft bourbons in one of the highest distilleries on the planet.
– Written by Katie Coakley
Take a trip to the Breckenridge Distillery—the world’s highest distillery at 9,600 feet—and you’ll find evidence of the owners’ passion for art (and Bill Murray) adorning the walls of the restaurant. But this summer, the award-winning distillery displayed the connection between art and whiskey to a whole new medium: whiskey barrels.
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