Posts from the ‘Bulliet’ Category

Bulliet 10 Year Frontier Bourbon Review

Bulliet 10Today, I am reviewing a relatively new bourbon on the market, Bulliet 10 year-old Frontier bourbon.  Bulliet is not a label that does any of its distilling, and my research seems to indicate that Bulliet is getting this bourbon from Four Roses.  As my readers will know, I’ve always been a big fan of Bulliet 95 rye whiskey, but I have not been a big fan of Bulliet Frontier Bourbon.  That said, I was excited to give the 10 year bourbon a whirl.  I was gifted a few samples from a bartending friend of mine, for which I am much obliged to him.  Bulliet 10 is bottled in the classic frontier-style Bulliet bottle at 91.2 proof (45.6% abv), only 1.2 proof points higher than the standard Bulliet offering, which is only 6 years old.

On the nose, there are dusty notes of rye spices, with warming oak spice and caramel rounding out the nose.  The palate is light to medium in its body, but still very tasty.  It opens with sweet flavors, as in milk chocolate, vanilla custard, and corn sweetness.  The palate is rounded out well with cinnamon, fresh oak, and rye.  The finish is short (much shorter than I would have thought), leaving little bits of rye, corn, and oak.

Overall, this is a good, woody, very drinkable bourbon.  The sweet and spiced flavors are very well balanced throughout.  I was surprised that this one did not have much of a floral strain running through it, but I guess that goes to show me.  My biggest complaint was how short this bourbon was.  A whiskey does not have to be heavy to be long and flavorful, but Bulliet 10 yr. was too short and too light for my money.  I would love to see this whiskey at 100 proof, or even a bit higher.  The flavors are good, but not concentrated enough for my tastes.  My grade: B-/B.  Price: $45-50/750ml.  A very good whiskey, but I think I would lean in other directions at this price point.


Some Thoughts on New, Aged Releases: Bulleit 10 and Jim Beam 12

Well, as anybody who follows the bourbon world knows, the blogs have been blowing up the last week with Maker’s Mark’s news of its decrease in proof.  Thankfully, for the sake of all our sanity, this heathenistic decision has now been repealed.  So, naturally, we need something else to talk about in bourbon land.  As I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest value whiskeys, I thought I would offer some preliminary thoughts on a few bourbons on the horizon.

Diageo has recently bombarded the shelves (even in Boston) with Bulleit 10.  I have reviewed the standard Bulleit Frontier Bourbon and the Bulleit 95 Rye, with the former passing and the latter performing very well.  According to my roommate Chris and Jason Pyle, both these whiskeys are very good in cocktails.  I have every reason to suspect that the Bulleit 10 will continue that tradition.  I am excited to see how this whiskey fairs as a sipping bourbon, too.  Four Roses is the supplier of the Bulleit label bourbons, and I have every reason to suspect that Four Roses will continue making good bourbon.  I have always maintained that Bulleit’s Frontier bourbon is too drying a spirit for a straight pour, much the way I feel about Old Grand-Dad.  I am anxious to see if the 10 year brings a mellower side to Bulleit.  Of course, it is also priced around $40/750 ml here in Boston which might make it a good value buy if it comes through.

The other whiskey that is set to hit the shelves this summer is Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 year.  According to Chuck Cowdery’s post on the subject, Jim Beam will be releasing a craft series that will include the 12 year old and some other limited releases.  One of the traditional knocks against Jim Beam has always been that they have stayed away from limited releases, whereas Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, and Woodford Reserve have sought to explore new frontiers of American whiskey with all sorts of limited edition bottlings.  In addition to being new territory in terms of limited edition bourbons, Jim Beam 12 year will also be the oldest bourbon to come out of Jim Beam as a standard product (there have been some limited edition older bottlings).  To that point, I am excited to see what this bourbon is made up of since Jim Beam has always been one of my favorite bottlers of great value whiskey.  Devil’s Cut, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, and Booker’s are all very good value whiskeys to have around your cabinet.  Supposedly, this new 12 year will be about $50/750 ml.  That is about the price of a bottle of Booker’s, so this will have some living up to do in my book, but I am excited nonetheless.

If any readers have had a chance to try these bourbons, I’ll love to hear what you think so far.  In the meantime, let it ride!

Bulliet 95 Review

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.

Bulleit Frontier Bourbon Review

I have been asked recently about this bourbon, so I thought I would get to a review this week.  Bulleit Frontier Bourbon is a 90 proof high-rye bourbon out of the Bulleit Distilling Company (Bulleit is bottled at the LDI distillery in Indiana, so it is not technically Kentucky Straight Bourbon).  It is a controversial bourbon in the sense that most people I know either love it or hate it.  Therefore, don’t take my word too heavily on this bourbon, just try it for yourself.  However, I’ve had some people ask me what my thoughts were on it, so here we go.

Bulleit has a fantastic nose, with the floral, peppery scents of the rye coming through.  There is a hidden sweetness that lingers, vanilla and orange peels.  However, I think this bourbon takes a turn for the worse once you drink it.  The palate is overpowered by the drying sensation of the rye, although there is some light pepper and cinnamon in the background.  The rye stays for the finish, mixing in with a little oak.  I would like to see this bourbon aged a hair longer (its only 6 years old) and bottled at a higher proof to see what it might do to the finish.  This bourbon definitely has some strong points, but overall, it is definitely not my favorite.  My grade: C.  Price: $30-35/750ml.  This is one bourbon that I am not a fan of.  It makes the grade, but not much else.