Bulleit Rye

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The Bulleit Rye is produced by Diageo – a reputable scotch giant -, and distilled in the MGP of Indinana distillery – along others such as Redemption Rye, Templeton Rye, High West, Willet Rye, Angel’s Envy Rye and George Dickel Rye, as well as other smaller brands which don’t divulge their origin. Bulleit utilizes a recipe consisting of MGP’s of 95% rye plus 5% malted barley, which is used to help the enzymes jump start fermentation. It is aged between four and seven years, and gets bottled at 45% ABV by Diageo.

Nose: Menthol, caraway seed, stale cinnamon, fresh black pepper and a hint of cherry make this rye’s fragrance pungent.

Palate: A bit rough around the edges, in a sort of “frontier” style, and fiery. Has a thin body, with hints of pine sap, cinnamon toast (without raisins) and cinnamon red-hots. It’s a bit dry, not too sweet, and somewhat grassy or vegetal.

Bulleit Rye Whiskey

Finish: Medium-long. A little sweetness tends to emerge as cinnamon saltwater taffy, while the eycalyptus and pine are muted. The finish is slightly bitter, and very oaky. The finish gets completed by a ghost of apple skins.

With water: Various drops of water can wake up a citrus note – such as grapefruit or orange bitters – in the aroma. Doing so does not at all compromise the flavor’s integrity, so I recommend you do it. This is a positive for the Rye’s ability to sand up to mixers or ice.

Overall: This is a respectable rye whiskey. I appreciate finding the eucapyptus and pine notes in the younger ones, and Bulleit Rye has those as well as spicy, oaky flavors in the older ones. I prefer Rittenhouse 100, for its polish and elegance, but this is a robust, rough-and-ready rye which shines in mixed drinks, and is capable of standing up to a glass of ice – and does well on its own as well. It’s not easy to beat the Bulleit Rye. Even though its distilled by Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana (LDI) /Midwest Grain Products (MGP), Bulleit has to be doing something right – since it’s an excellent choice for its price tag of approximately $25 to $30.




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