Review: Bulleit 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

Photo credit: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey. Used with permission.

Photo credit: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey. Used with permission.

Charred Virgin Oak; 10 yrs
~68% corn, 28% rye, 4% malted barley
Distiller N/A

Bulleit products have done very well – indeed, Diageo has been building a new distillery for their sole production, rather than sourced product which has been used. They have targeted the cocktail market both with their frontier bourbon and their rye, and this, at the top of their portfolio is older and a bit more refined. I should note that the above mashbill is floating around all over the internet, but not directly from Bulleit - what is sure, though, is that it is a high rye (about 1/3) bourbon.

Thanks to Taylor Strategy for the reviewed sample.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2016

I get lots of nut oil – in fact, it’s reminding me some of the rich style of Jim Beam products – with cedar, cherry, dried apricot, stewed stone fruit, dried corn, and some nice rye dancing around in the background. The palate has oak at the center, and is restrained (in a nice sort of way) with moderate creaminess. The fruit comes through too, along with pineapple, rich corn and terrific spice, finishing in a slightly drying fashion with terrific spice and earth, corn, smoking wood, cherry and apricot.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High (based on $50).