Small-batch produced, this aperitif offers an “Old World” balance between bittersweet flavors and sweet aromatics.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - (Tried & True Award)- Pale straw color with light yellow highlights. The aromas are clean and herbal. It is slightly sweet on the tongue, balanced by intense herbaceousness, with thyme and a touch of cinnamon, that gives way to a deep bitterness that refreshes the palate. (Mar 2015)
For owner Bryan Nolt, finding the best distiller possible for Breckenridge meant going back to school. While taking a class at the American Distilling Institute, Bryan met master distiller Jordan Via. Jordan is well known amongst the artisanal distilling community - as the distilling instructor at the Institute, he’s trained most of them. At Breckenridge, Jordan applies a purist, traditional approach to distillation. His handcrafted, small-batch spirits are made using a Vendome custom copper pot still and premium ingredients - no shortcuts or additives are allowed. Jordan attributes the unique taste profile of Breckenridge to the water. The distillery, situated at 9,600 feet above sea level, is the highest in the world. Massive snow fall and the glaciers atop Mt. Quandary, a 14,000 foot peak, provide pristine water with a unique ph balance which lends a distinctive flavor and texture. Says Jordan, “You just can’t underestimate the importance of the water in any spirit…it accounts for greater than half the volume”. To maintain its integrity, the water is not filtered for the vodka and only slightly filtered for the whiskey.
|(92°) An Italian aperitif style bitter, the principal bittering agents are Gentian and wild, hand-picked Rocky Mountain Genepi (a traditional wormwood used in many French and Italian bitters).