Verdict: Unique, spicy, and flavorful. A nice treat.
Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey has a uniqueness and complexity that makes it distinct. This is probably due to its relatively high rye content (at about 28% of the mash). Distilled in Kentucky limestone-filtered water and aged in charred American oak barrels, Bulleit (90 proof) claims it ages the bourbon “until it is ready” and obvious swipe at the pretentious “how-old-is-this” crowd. The brand added a straight-up rye whiskey to its arsenal in 2011.
The bottle itself is fairly unique itself compared to many others on the shelf. I love the way the old medicine bottle and raised lettering conveys a nostalgic note which is punctuated with an understated label placed slightly askew. It’s so understated that if you were not familiar with Bulleit, you may have to ask the guy behind the counter where they keep it.
Bulleit has a rich amber color in the glass and a warming, smokey scent. Without ice, I experienced a good burn from the front to the back. It starts out strong and spicy giving way to flavors of brown sugar, wild flowers, and vanilla with very long flavorful finish waiting at the end. I added a few ice cubes which mellowed the burn slightly without dulling the richness of the flavors.
There is a depth and complexity in Bulleit that I find appealing. I think this is one to keep around for when you’re in the mood for something slightly different.
3 thoughts on “Bulleit Bourbon Review”
Bulleit Bourbon is a great bourbon. I discovered it almost a year ago now and I love when I decide to make it my bourbon for the weekend. Between it and Jim Beam Black (Double Aged) I now have two great, very reasonably priced bourbons to have around.
I just got back from the liquor store and saw Jim Beam’s Jacob’s Ghost. I am highly interested in trying that but I was hesitant. However, I’ve read some decent reviews on it. Maybe that should be your next one to try……even though its considered just a white whiskey instead of a bourbon. You can make an exception though right? :) Have a good one.
Just got home from my local liquor store. I was plnlsaetay surprised when I entered the store & saw that they were offering samples of both Bulleit & GD, both bourbons & ryes. I am well familiar with their bourbons but recently took an interest in ryes. I found the GD rye much more flavorful than the Bulleit & personaly thought the GD was a bit spicier. Bulleit rye is 95 proof as opposed to GD rye which is 90 but both seemed equally smooth. I left the store with a bottle of the GD rye. At the store where I shop the GD rye is about $3-$4 cheaper than the Bulleit for a 750ml bottle.
It’s funny because it’s almost impossible to find this in New Zealand apart from Pre-Mixes. It’s a very nice bourbon.