Partnership Pick: “The Borough of Breuckelen” Breuckelen Barrel Proof Wheated Bourbon 8 Year

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: De Wine Spot

Barrel Selection Partner: The Prime Barrel

Name: Breuckelen Barrel Proof Wheated Bourbon

Company: Breuckelen Distilling

Distillery: Breuckelen Distilling

Age: 8 Years (Barrel was filled on 2/28/2013 and bottled on 7/21/2021)

Proof: 138

Mashbill: 60% Corn, 20% Wheat, 20% Malted Barley

Yield: 150 Bottles

Release Date: September 2021

Single Barrel Club Rollout Schedule

(Simultaneous with The Prime Barrel)

$25 - Wednesday 09/08/2021 @ 2PM ET

$14 - Friday 09/10/2021 @ 2PM ET

$7 - Monday 09/13/2021 @ 2PM ET

$3, $2, $1 - Wednesday 09/15/2021 @ 2PM ET


This unique pick was selected in partnership with The Prime Barrel and is available via their website.

We’ve reviewed a number of whiskeys from Breuckelen Distilling, and have found each quite interesting and unique. Breuckelen 77 Whiskey Bonded Rye is 6 years old and made from 100% rye grain, but tastes like it could be a malt. Their Whiskey 77 Distilled from New York Wheat has a 100% wheat mashbill, offering a tidal wave of sweet flavors. But maybe most unique is their 77 Whiskey Distilled from Local Rye & Corn, which showcases an aroma and flavor reminiscent of Fruit Stripe Bubble Gum. Yes, this stuff.  

When the opportunity to taste an 8 year barrel proof wheated bourbon came up, our first thought was, “wait...there’s someone offering an 8 year old wheated bourbon...and it’s a single barrel...and it’s barrel proof?!” In some regard we were skeptical, there are few comparisons in the space and we have had mixed feelings about a few of the closest comparisons that came to mind - Larceny Barrel Proof and Maker’s Mark Cask Strength.

With Breuckelen’s unique double pot distilled twist on this not-as-common bourbon mashbill, combined with extra time aging, we were admittedly pretty excited to taste these barrels. And so we did. We tasted four barrels which offered a wide range of flavor profiles and shockingly high proofs ranging from 136.2 to 140.2, which is technically considered hazardous material, or HAZMAT for short, as the proof is so high you wouldn’t be allowed to carry it onto an airplane.

We narrowed it down to two barrels, and could have easily gone with either of them.  The first, a more traditional approach - focus on oak against sweeter notes with a rich delivery of flavors, the perfect bourbon to pair with a cigar. The second, a rich slurry of cinnamon spice, chocolate, tobacco, creme brulee, aged oak, and so much more - a flavor profile that requires no introduction but one that is definitively unique. We enjoyed a deal of back and forth and re-tasting before making a decision. Would you go with the barrel that offers a great - but more expected - flavor profile, or the barrel that offers something fantastically different?

Ultimately everyone agreed, let’s be different.

Hopefully you enjoy this one-of-a-kind pick. It’s a rarity to have a chance at an 8 year old high proof, barrel proof wheater, and even more rare when it comes from an unexpected place. Breuckelen Distilling knocked it out of the park with this one, and we can’t wait for the next.

$5 from each bottle sold will be donated to the American Red Cross in order to help those struggling as a result of Hurricane Ida.

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Baking chocolate | Charred oak | Sharp & punchy cayenne pepper | Maple sugar | Baking spice slurry | Warm & rich

Palate: Rush of cinnamon spice | Cinnamon candies | Toffee | Tobacco leaf | Seasoned oak | Caramel chews | Creme brulee | Rich & delightful

Finish: Big spice rolls over from the palate | Black licorice | Tobacco leaf | Long

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Written By: BB Team

September 8, 2021
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