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    Break'g & Entering?...Breackenridge?

    I was visiting my local spirits monger a little while ago.
    He wanted me to try (for $40) a bottle of what he claimed was; "...the real deal". It was Breaking & Entering Bourbon.
    He also tried to get me to order another 'new' offering he claimed to have heard great things about;
    Breckenridge Bourbon (he had no price yet for this one).
    Does anyone have experience with either one of these? What is anyone's recommendation... or lack thereof?

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    Re: Break'g & Entering?...Breackenridge?

    These are both bourbons sourced from Kentucky by other companies. I actually have a review of the Breckenridge lined up for next week. I like it, though it's a bit pricey. I didn't care for the Breaking & Entering which is quite light.

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    Re: Break'g & Entering?...Breackenridge?

    I was gifted a bottle of B&E about 5 months ago, drank a couple drams then and was not impressed. I'm revisiting it right now, to add some fresh notes for you.

    Color: Medium light honey tan. If straw colored Scotch is a 1 and ECBP is a 5, this is about a 2 to 2-1/2.
    Nose: Mostly rubbing alcohol, with a tiny hint of fruit cocktail. I don't think I would know it was bourbon, blind.
    Taste: Dry, very little sweetness or barrel char. With a 10 second "Kentucky Chew" some astringency and heat, despite 86 pf.
    Finish: About 2 seconds of alcohol heat and that's it.

    One of the worst bourbons I've had. If it weren't a gift, I'd feel worse about it. At least I didn't spend money on it.
    My $8 bottle of current Old Taylor is much better juice.

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    Re: Break'g & Entering?...Breackenridge?

    That's a remarkable comment, that current Taylor comes off well in comparison.

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    Re: Break'g & Entering?...Breackenridge?

    But true, squire. It may be only 80 pf, but it still has some butter/caramel sweetness, and tastes like bourbon.

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    Re: Break'g & Entering?...Breackenridge?

    And worth every penny.

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    Re: Break'g & Entering?...Breackenridge?

    I'm not a fan of either myself.

    I've tried both at local establishments here in the Atlanta area. The B&E deal is from St. George and I typically like what they are doing (I really enjoy their Gins), so I gave their bourbon a try and found it very light and not very flavorful. Agree with some of the above poster's comments.

    The Breckenridge stuff tasted mighty young to me, almost white doggy, but I'm not sure how much it has evolved since I tried it. My biggest bitch about that brand is the absolute garbage I get from people trying to sell it to me. I've been told by bartenders and shopkeepers alike that it is 6, 7, 8 years old and a bargin for the price, that and they got double gold at the SF Spirits and Long Drive competition or something like that. All I know is there is no age statement on the bottle and everything I have found states the juice is 2 to 3 years old. I might be more willing to give it another chance if I found the marketing to be a bit more honest, not sure who to put that on, the distillery, the distributors, or the stores, but one way or another, I'm not biting.

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    Re: Break'g & Entering?...Breackenridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    These are both bourbons sourced from Kentucky by other companies. I actually have a review of the Breckenridge lined up for next week. I like it, though it's a bit pricey. I didn't care for the Breaking & Entering which is quite light.
    Are you sure it's sourced goods?

    I'm fairly positive Breckenridge is a Colorado Distillate? https://www.breckenridgedistillery.com/hooch/products

    Unmalted barley is interesting that would make it an enzymatic distillate. Who in kentucky does unmalted bourbon?
    Last edited by brettckeen; 06-12-2013 at 16:34.
    Bourbon only requires a glass.

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    Re: Break'g & Entering?...Breackenridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by brettckeen View Post
    Are you sure it's sourced goods?

    I'm fairly positive Breckenridge is a Colorado Distillate? https://www.breckenridgedistillery.com/hooch/products

    Unmalted barley is interesting that would make it an enzymatic distillate. Who in kentucky does unmalted bourbon?
    I was told directly by the distillery that it is a Kentucky bourbon. They are aging their own as well and eventually plan to blend it and then switch over entirely.

    I also asked about the unmalted barley and was told that was a mistake. The mashbill uses regular malted barley.

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    Re: Break'g & Entering?...Breackenridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by sku View Post
    I was told directly by the distillery that it is a Kentucky bourbon. They are aging their own as well and eventually plan to blend it and then switch over entirely.

    I also asked about the unmalted barley and was told that was a mistake. The mashbill uses regular malted barley.
    Who is making that mashbill for sale in KY? Doesn't It sounds like MGPI high rye?
    Bourbon only requires a glass.

 

 

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