Filtered through coconut shells for purity, it presents notes of lemon cream and fragrant meadow flowers. Light in body, but balanced by clean minerality and a soft texture, the finish displays just a hint of sweetness.
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.
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I admit to being a physician and a whisk(e)y nerd. In 2007 I had the arguably really bad idea of starting a distillery in Breckenridge, Colorado. Cashing out my life savings, kids' college fund, and eventually selling my house to cover monthly payroll and taxes, we bootstrapped our way through the early years loving every minute of it.
Today it would be fair to call us a successful distillery. We made it this far by checking our egos at the door, assembling the best cast and crew, and exhibiting the tenacity of a starving honey badger. I challenge you to find a team of employees and artists anywhere else with as much skill and dedication. I must also confess our unfair advantage due to the unique features of the Breckenridge water we use for proofing and blending every bottle of our spirits.
Founder and CEO
We're not trying to prove a point or show off. Rather, we try to work smarter and offer you the simple pleasures of quality, mouthfeel, and flavor.
During the summer months we press fresh Colorado Western slope fruits for our Brandies, Liqueurs, and Vodka flavorings. We prefer using local ingredients whenever possible. Year round we make grain to bottle Whiskeys and Rum, distill botanicals, and blend Bourbon Whiskey in small batches. Our Blend of Bourbon Whiskeys also consists of Barrels selected from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana chosen for their unique qualities, heritage, and ability to marry in our blend, always made from a high-rye mash bill.