Bulleit Bourbon is known for their, well….. bourbon. They ventured into the rye whiskey field in 2011 shortly after they were added to the Diageo portfolio of distilled spirits. So,we have a small batch (read: craft) spirit produced by a consumer goods juggernaut who promised to be hands off in the distilling decision making. Here we go again…. or not?
First thing’s first. Out of the gate you get a pronounced, and spicy, rye punch. There is no mistaking this rye for anything else. The punch is short lived and mellows surprisingly fast and well. Bulleit 95 Rye Whiskey comes with no alcohol burn. None at all. It is one smooth whiskey that finishes very clean. None of the lingering back of the throat bouquet you find in its bourbon brother.
45% ABV, 90 Proof – No kidding. This is your father’s whiskey.
$27.95 Retail, 750 ml
Metasip Grade: A
Seems Diageo was good for their word, leaving the product up to the distiller. At under $30 a bottle, Bulleit 95 Rye Whiskey is a steal. It compares favorably to rye whiskeys with better pedigree and costing significantly more money. I keep this one in my cabinet at all times.
BTW, I liked it so much, I created my own recipe. Here goes:
Old Jim Fashioned
- 2-3 fingers Bulleit 95 Rye
- Lime Peel
- Ginger Ale
- Peychaud’s Bitters
Pour the Bulleit over ice, zest the lime peel into the glass (put the peel in for good measure), give a few good splashes of bitters and top with your desired amount of ginger ale.