By Matt Goldstein
A staple of the bourbon industry and one of the fastest growing, Bulleit Bourbon, is introducing a Rye Whiskey in honor of a 150 year family recipe. As the Bulleit Bourbon already has one of the highest Rye contents for a Bourbon, a pure Rye Whiskey is a natural progression and one that should be embraced by their loyal fans, many of which write for this very web site. Bourbons are required to be made up of a majority of corn mash but Bulleit Rye will be a 95% Rye and 5% malted barley.
The recipe for Bulleit Rye is as follows: Similar to the craftsmanship behind the original Bulleit Bourbon recipe created by Tom’s great-great grandfather Augustus Bulleit, it was of great importance that Bulleit Rye replicates the same high quality taste of its Bulleit Bourbon counterpart. The utmost care and precision is taken to produce Bulleit Rye, from selecting the highest quality rye grains, to sourcing our water from an ancient glacier aquifer that maintains a consistent temperature of 56 degrees. The liquid is then fully aged and matured in new charred oak barrels for a minimum of 4 years.
Review of Bullet Bourbon
The smell is of cinnamon and honey and pumpkin, sweet things, and I want to say prune, but then again I typically want to say prune. The taste is unique, to my tongue, for a bourbon. There’s almost a cotton-candy sweetness at first bite- followed by the vaguest hint of fire jolly rancher. The burn is spicy but not too harsh, like good buffalo wings. And then there’s that glorious aftertaste: the second after the drink goes down there’s this lingering something that I have only ever found in Bulleit. It’s the sort of special flavor that can bring to mind old memories in a flash, like Proust and his Madeleine, or the guy from Blues Traveler and his chili.
Now, I’ve since had better bourbons with more interesting flavors, liquid symphonies and blissful maelstroms, but I will always have a soft spot for this, my first discovery and still one of my favorites. If there was a rating system on Whiskey Goldmine, I’d give it 9 out of 10 Whiskey Goldmine Units (WGUs)!