Breaker Port Barrel Finish Bourbon Whisky
Ascendant Spirits is outfitted with its own custom, American-made, 500-gallon copper pot still, built entirely to Gertman’s — who also serves as Ascendant’s Master Distiller — specifications. Outside of the distillery’s walls, the Santa Rita Hills also play an enormous part in Ascendant’s final product. During the day, an intense humidity rolls over the California countryside, causing temperatures to rise as much as 40-50 degrees. This allows the barrels to “breathe heavy,” and the whisky to age much faster — up to four times faster than in Kentucky, according to scientists at California Polytechnic State University — due to its increased interaction with the wood.
Named for the waves at El Capitan and other local beaches, this unique Breaker Hand Crafted Port Barrel Finished Bourbon is inspired by the winemakers of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Rita Hills. Being finished in the seasoned port barrels gives this bourbon a beautiful, deep rose hue, and an incredibly smooth and complex flavor profile.