Breaking Bourbon Award Winning Single Barrel Club picks are selected by Breaking Bourbon, and whenever possible with the help of Patreon supporters. The bottles are made available to Patreon supporters first by pledge tier. If any bottles remain after all supporters have had an opportunity to purchase, they are made available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Each barrel is sponsored by a retailer partner, who sells the bottles directly to end purchasers.
Retailer Partner: Seelbach’s
Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Mile High Spirits
Distillery: Mile High Spirits
Age: 4 Years, 2 Months
Mashbill: 51% Corn, 44% Rye, 5% Chocolate Malted Barley
Yield: 186 Bottles
Release Date: March 2022
Single Barrel Club Rollout Schedule
$25 - Thursday 3/17/2022 @ 2PM ET
$14 - Friday 3/18/2022 @ 2PM ET
$7 - Monday 3/21/2022 @ 2PM ET
$3, $2, $1 - Tuesday 3/22/2022 @ 2PM ET
For this pick, we partnered with Seelbach’s, which was founded by Blake Riber, also the creator of Bourbonr and the Bourbonr Facebook group. An online-only retailer with a twist, we interviewed Riber to discuss how he’s running his shop differently than everyone else. “Unlocking Craft Spirits” he calls it - seeking out up-and-coming craft distilleries and learning about their process and tasting through their products to find hidden gems.
Mile High Spirits is located in the city of Denver, Colorado. The distillery derives its name from the fact that at exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, Denver is known as the Mile High City. This pick was conducted on site when we went to visit and tour the distillery itself in the fall of last year. You can read more about that visit here.
We’ve been fans of Mile High Spirits ever since we tasted their spirits last year. Their rye’s and bourbon’s are some of the more unique whiskeys we’ve had a chance to try and it shows that this brand is on track to make a serious name for themselves as they continue to put down more and more whiskey barrels to age. During our trip out their we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pick a barrel for our club members.
The distillery offered up some serious barrels for us to pick from too. Sitting down with co-founder Wyn Ferrell and master distiller Tyler Joyce, they rolled out a number of barrels. All were aged in 53 gallon barrels for several years which was nice to see. We each tasted through the 5 barrels independently and then compared notes. It was a unanimous decision by everyone that barrel number #3 was truly the standout of the group. This 53 gallon barrel was initially filled on 7/20/17 putting this at a little over 4 years old. We’re beyond excited to introduce our club members to a brand that they may not have had before, but should definitely be on their radar!
For the sticker we paid homage to the fact that Mile Hile Spirits seriously embraces their motto of “We take our spirits seriously, but not ourselves.” Virtually all of the equipment in the distillery is given a name that is prominently displayed on it. This includes their fermenters named Snap, Crackle, and Pop. It’s these little details which remind everyone hard work can be fun and rewarding, and we wanted to make sure that we’re all reminded of this whenever we go for a pour from this release.
Nose: Leather | Oak | Vanilla | Light peppercorn | Rye grain | Light baking chocolate
Palate: Chocolate malt | Rye spice | Crushed pepper | Sweet with a touch of spice | Delicious
Finish: Chocolate rye | Rye spice | Vanilla | Lingering heat
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Please note these bottles will not be sold by Breaking Bourbon, but will be sold by retailers we partner with in order to fulfill the orders and ship the bottles directly to Patreon supporters. Breaking Bourbon will receive no compensation from our partner retailers under these agreements (with the exception of a bottle from each barrel for editorial purposes). If you represent a retailer and ship to consumers and you’re interested in partnering just let us know!