Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tasting: Bulleit Bourbon. Frontier Whiskey

Bulleit Bourbon
Frontier Whiskey
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Rumor: Four Roses.
Age: NAS. Rumor: 6-8 years
Proof/ABV: 90/45%
Mash bill: 68C/28R/4B
Swedish price: 319SEK/35USD
Release: Ongoing

Points: 84/100

The Bulleit Bourbon is bottled by the Bulleit Distilling Co. in Louisville, KY. Probably distilled by Four Roses in Lawrenceburg, KY, although rumors fly about just every major distiller contributing to the Bulleit bourbon stock currently aging in the Stitzel-Weller facilities in Louisville.

Gold to light amber.

At first vanilla, nuts, burnt sugar. Then comes grain, citrus, glue and maybe a hint of charred oak.

At first sweet burnt caramel, a prominent spice note, orange peel and a bit of sweet toasted oak. Then towards the finish comes grain, mint and a note of fresh straw, which lingers with a bit of spice.

Mouth feel:
A little bit dry, fresh like eucalyptus and has a medium viscosity.

In the world of those curious and passionate about bourbon–the Bulleit brand often takes a lot of heat for its creative branding. Terms used by others are often less diplomatic–calling the brand out on outright lying about its properties and history.

Well, Elijah Craig might not be the father of bourbon, it’s doubtful George Washington drank Michter’s and your “craft” whiskey is probably made in an enormous plant in Indiana. Although people rightfully don’t enjoy being lied to–in most cases it doesn’t change what’s in the bottle.

I however, first discovered Bulleit because of its bottle: In the summer of 2010 I was curious about American whiskey and chose what I thought was the best looking bottle on the shelf. To this day, the apothecarian design of the Bulleit bottle is by many mentioned as one of the most beautiful.

What I fell in love with back then, and why it’s my decanter whiskey to this day is its high rye content. If I’m going to pour a 3cl drink, I want it to tell me something. I like the character of the corn majority-sweetness paired with the spice throughout from the high rye.

We have go-to’s in life maybe because of familiarity, obtainability, resonation or a good story. Bulleit bourbon is my go-to bourbon because of all of the above. It’s not my best bourbon but it’s my bourbon “home”, and there’s no place like it.

Photo & Review By: Erik Hasselgärde