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Review: Bulleit Rye

Tom Bulleit‘s “frontier” Bourbon has near-cult status among his admirers, and at long last the man has decided to branch out into a second product.

That product is Bulleit Rye, “the worst kept secret” in the whiskey world and a smashing way for Bulleit to double its shelf space.

Now this isn’t as big a stretch as you might think: Bulleit Bourbon has 28% rye in it already, making it the most rye-rich Bourbon on the market. Bulleit knows rye, so upping the ante to 95% rye (and 5% malted barley) shouldn’t be much of a challenge. Made just across the Kentucky border at LDI in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Bulleit Rye is aged for at least four years before being bottled at 90 proof.

Results: Solid, and surprisingly easy-drinking rye whiskey. Most rye is pungent and packed with spice character, giving it a huge bite and a lasting effect on your palate. Bulleit is far more mellow: Compared to similarly artisanal ryes like WhistlePig it is reserved and easy, with a distinct toffee sweetness up front backed by molasses, light wood, and some interesting evergreen notes and a touch of herbal character. It’s a startling departure from Bulleit’s Bourbon, which is, by design, rough around the edges and a bit of a punch in the gut. Bulleit Rye is easy and doesn’t burn in the slightest. Be warned.

Bulleit Rye shows Tom’s feminine side — or perhaps his daughter and partner in crime, Hollis — demure, silky smooth, a little sassy, and, most of all, complicated. An outstanding bargain.

90 proof.

A / $28 / bulleitbourbon.com [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Jeremy N March 13, 2011

    WOOO! I am very excited to read this. Thank you again, Drinkhacker, for doing the lord’s work.

  2. Damocles March 13, 2011

    Must buy Rye….

  3. Thirsty South March 14, 2011

    Nice review, we did a side by side tasting with the Bulleit Rye, Rittenhouse BIB, and Russell’s Reserve 6yo – found the Bulleit to be a great sipper, though as you point out, lacking a typical rye spice profile. For a Manhattan, the Rittenhouse is hard to beat – more at http://www.thirstysouth.com/2011/03/01/three-fine-ryes/

  4. Filip March 14, 2011

    I’ve always read that the Bulleit Bourbon has a 35% rye mashbill, which makes sense since it’s produced for Diageo by Four Roses. FR has two primary mashbills, one if which is a high rye at 35%.

    Can you divulge where you got the 28% stat? Thanks!

  5. J.G. March 19, 2011


    Wikipedia lists the mashbill as 28% rye. The Bulleit Bourbon website makes no specification, but the Facebook page (I am not a member but it came up on a google search) does list the rye content at 28%.


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