Review: Bulleit Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

Thanks to Bulleit for the picture.

Thanks to Bulleit for the picture.

Virgin Charred Oak
~68% Corn, 28% Rye, 4% Malted Barley
Producer Bulleit (Louisville, Kentucky)

Bulleit entered the barrel proof market this year, with this being offered at the respectable 59.5%, though varying generally from 120-125 proof. They decided to do this to add to their line, rather than to explore finishes. I’d take a barrel proof over a finished bourbon, so that’s fine by me! This is still their stuff, with the high rye mashbill and lots of fruit...uncut and non-chill filtered (just like we like it!).

Review (2017)

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  • Bottling Date: 2017

The nose has oak and lots of cherry, stewed apricot, and some solid hazlenut and walnut. The oak is nice – central but not overpowering. Lots of nuts actually – I am getting some pistachio, sesame, and toasted sunflower. The palate is big, full of more sunflower, oak, dried banana, stewed apricot and cherry. It is very much what you would expect from a cask strength bulleit bourbon – all that same flavour, but bigger and increasingly moreish. The finish has compact spices, dried fruit, and more cherry. I’d buy this...

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

Value: Average, based on $100.