Review No.25. Bulleit Bourbon

It’s a mystery to me as to which distillery produces this bourbon as there is no distillery called Bulleit.  There are some brands out there, not just bourbon, that source their whisky from large scale (I assume) producers and bottle under their brand name.  I believe there are no rules that stipulate that the distillery must be disclosed.  This bourbon is known to be popular amongst mixologists due to the notable rye content that is associated with spicy characteristics.


Whisky: Bulleit Bourbon Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45% vol.

Nose: Alcohol, spice, pepper, maple syrup, cloves, orange, oak

Taste: Spicy oranges, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, cocoa, oak

Finish: Cocoa, pepper, oak

Score: 2

Summary: I can see why this works in cocktails, this is a brash bourbon exuding with lots of heat and spice that is hard to ignore.  I find it a bit too pushy on the alcohol heat and spice which overshadows the flavours imparted by the oak casks.  There is distinct bitterness, like dark chocolate towards the end which further adds to the heat and spice instead of balancing it off.  I just don’t take to this one and maybe that is due to me not being a big fan of rye.  If you enjoy rye characteristics then I would think you would like this.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


Image source: