Bourbon Reviews

Bulleit Bourbon



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I remember the first time that I tried Bulleit Bourbon. I was at a friend’s house who is equally as much of a bourbon lover as me when he told me about a recent one that he had purchased that he swore was his new favorite for its price range. Of course, I had several others within the same price range that I too swore by and was skeptical to say the least.

He poured me some and I took a small sip to get a feel for it. I have to say, I was instantly impressed from the first sip, and was not disappointed by the aftertaste or the sips that followed.

Bulleit has an oaky flavor that is as smooth as they come for the price. It’s wonderful to mix with, but I prefer to drink it alone because I am very fond of the smooth, mellow taste and oaky aftertaste that it has come to be known for.

Its rust color is a good representation of how you should expect Bulleit to taste and the dry flavor is smooth enough to drink standalone. At 90 proof, Bulleit gifts your taste buds a wide array of different flavors that should satisfy even the most experienced of bourbon drinkers. You should be able to detect a bit of vanilla and honey in the aftertaste with each sip.

Bulleit is not the most unique bourbon for its price, but any bourbon that I would be willing to compare it to costs substantially more, which really says something about the quality provided with Bulleit. One can quickly see why it has been so well regarded throughout the bourbon community.

Today, I consider Bulleit to easily be one of my favorite bourbons for the price, only rivaled by a few others that I have been drinking for years. It’s surprising that it took me so long to get around to discovering Bulleit, I am usually very quick to try new well-reviewed bourbons, but this one unfortunately slipped through my defenses and managed to catch me completely off guard.

Color: Rusty Orange.

Nose: Fresh, Sweet Honey and Oak.

Taste: Dry Smooth with Vanilla and Honey.

Want to buy this bourbon? Available in: USA & World (click)UK & Europe (click)

About Ryan

My name is Ryan, and I joined Martin to share my passion about bourbon. I live in America, but enjoy traveling as much as possible, especially to visit bourbon distilleries (of course!). Not only do I enjoy bourbon, but I also love whisky, wine and premium cigars.

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  1. Eric

    April 22, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Absolutely agree. It was love at first drop for me and the Bulleit. Can’t wait to visit the distillery this summer.

    • matheus

      October 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      If you like the bourbon wait to you try bulleit rye. Spicy but an opening sweetness that top notch.

  2. Alex

    November 10, 2011 at 1:08 am

    I like Bulleit, though I prefer their rye. However, I would not describe it as a smooth whiskey served straight. I think it’s actually quite aggressive and a bit raw. A spoonful of water does wonders in mellowing it out and allowing some of the more subtle flavors to come out. Just in comparison, when I think mellow bourbon, my first choice for straight-up and neat bourbon is Eagle Rare.

  3. Bourbon Intelligencer

    December 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Bulleit is truly a great bourbon for the price and also because of its impeccable consistency. It always has a place on the shelf. Whether mixing it with ginger ale or drinking it neat, I find that I can always be in the mood for it (also my drink of choice for watching westerns!). I saw the comment above about the rye – Have you tried it yet – I would be wondering what you thought. I was actually a bit disappointed by the experience. I haven’t given up on it (I really want to like it) but I feel it is yet a bit underdeveloped. Maybe in a few years.

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