bulleit rye bottle

In 1987, Thomas E. Bulleit, Jr., opened the Bulleit Distilling Company in Louisville, Kentucky. It was in his genes, Tom’s great-great-grandfather was Augustus Bulleit.  And, he made a high-rye whiskey between 1830-1860.  So, Tom developed Bulleit Bourbon. It’s a bourbon with a high rye content giving it a bold, spicy character with a distinctively smooth, clean finish.

But he was not content to stop there. In 2011, he released one of the highest quality ryes available. Bulleit Rye is made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley. It’s an American whiskey with unparalleled spice and complexity.

This is a very good rye that is excellent on the rocks or in a cocktail. I actually like to drink it neat, it has a character worth appreciating on its own merits.

Bulleit Rye

Producer: MGPI – Midwest Grain Products of Indiana

Origin: Indiana, USA

ABV: 45%

Price Range: $

Awards: San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011, 12, 13, 14, 15: Beverage Testing Institute 2012 (91); Wine Enthusiast 2012 (90) 13, (13) 16 (93)


Tasting Notes —

Color: Russet

Nose: Rich oaky aromas

Palette: Exceptionally smooth, with hints of vanilla, honey, and spice

Finish: Crisp and clean, with long, lingering flavors

Price Guide:

$$$$$ = Greater than $100
$$$$   = $80 – 100
$$$     = $50 – 80
$$       = $30 – 50
$          = Less than $30

Further Ratings & Reviews

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