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Bulleit Bourbon – Review

Bulleit BourbonBulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

90 Proof

Price Point: $20 – $30 for 750 ML

Distiller: Bulleit Distilling Co.

 

Background

Bulleit is another one of those bourbons that I see on the shelf frequently, but have never actually purchased. In fact, this review is from a borrowed bottle. It’s not that it’s too expensive or that I don’t like it (I’ve had it on several occasions at the bar), it’s just nothing all that special in my opinion. Many will argue that it’s higher-than-average amount of rye on the mashbill makes Bulleit unique, but to me, it’s just an ordinary bourbon.

Of course, this is just my opinion, and readers of this blog are welcomed and encouraged to voice their own in the comments.

 

Review

The nose on Bulleit Bourbon starts with a nice balance of corn, rye, and wheat.  There’s a fair amount of charred oak smoke, followed by a bit of mint and some sweet vanilla.

In the mouth, there’s more rye and corn.  Bulleit Bourbon tastes a little young, but nicely balanced, with a decent bite for 90 proof.  This whiskey is peppery yet also sweet.  I like this bourbon but I can’t say it has anything uniquely defining about it.

Bulleit’s finish is surprisingly lengthy; it bites you back.

 

Rating & Recommendations

Bulleit Bourbon earns an okay rating of 83 out of 100.

Not a bad whiskey, but not something I would seek out.  This is an entry level bourbon that serves its purpose; would probably be interesting for cocktail experimentation.

 

-Ryan

1 comment

1 ping

    • Charles Shaulis on June 6, 2014 at 1:11 am
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    Hello, Ryan.

    I don’t know if you’re a student of age statements when it comes to bourbon, but…. In my opinion, the Bulleit 10yo is so much better than the NAS expression of this review that I removed the NAS expression from my list, and will only purchase the 10yo when it comes up in my next-to-buy rotation. The Bulleit 10yo is currently #2 on my non-single barrel/non-small batch bourbon list behind 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select.

    The next time you visit your local liquorist, pick up the 10yo and compare it to the NAS expression (if you haven’t returned it to its owner already). I think you’ll be pleased with your purchase.

    Best regards,

    Chuck

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