As many folks who know me (either in person or through the blog) know, I am not a big fan of Bulliet Frontier Bourbon.  However, I had been told by several people that I should give Bulliet’s rye whiskey a try.  So, without adieu, here is my review of Bulliet 95.

Contrary to what folks may tell you, Bulliet 95 is not 95 proof.  It is a 90 proof whiskey that takes its name from the percentage of rye in the mash bill.  The whiskey is from Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana, and it is bottled in Bulleit’s signature frontier-style bottle.

Bulliet is a unique whiskey.  It has an distinct gin undertone that runs through it.  On the nose, it smells of citrus, juniper, mint, lemon, cilantro, caramel, and freshly cut pine.  It is a unique, but wonderful nose.  The palate continues the flavors of evergreens and juniper berries.  There are also notes of vanilla, mint, honeysuckle, and the slight twinge of rock candy.  The finish is delicious and medium in its length.  It has the piney, evergreen notes that characterize the whiskey, but it also fades into some of the complexity demonstrates by the palate and the nose with some whispers of vanilla and caramel.

Overall, this is a really nice whiskey.  It has a unique character that is strong throughout the whiskey, but it has a lot of complexity which keeps it interesting all the way through.  In addition (according to my roommate), Bulliet 95 makes one hell of a Sazerac.  My grade: B+.  Price: $30-35/750ml.  This is a step up from an everyday whiskey, and it makes a high-class cocktail for any uppity friends you may have.

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