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Bulleit Rye

(70cl, 45%)

Bulleit Rye

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Bulleit Rye Bottling Note

Has there ever been a moment when you've been sipping Bulleit Bourbon and wanted it to have even more rye? Well you're in luck, they now have their own Rye whiskey! Bulleit Rye is made with a mashbill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley and is produced in small batches. An absolutely stunning rye that won a Double Gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Big heaps of cherries and vanilla, with subtle notes of leather and tobacco.

Palate: Rather hot at first, the spices coming to the forefront. This is followed by peaches, more cherries and a little bit of orange zest.

Finish: A smoky finish, carried by cinnamon, allspice and a hint of sweeties.

Overall: The Bulleit distillery sure know their way around a rye whiskey.

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Bulleit Rye Reviews

Will certainly buy again.

Fantastic drop, I've not drank much Rye but will certainly buy again. Smooth,no burn and full of flavour. Buy it, you won't regret it.

3rd September 2020

Tremendous sweet Rye

The perfect Rye for the whiskey drinker with a sweet tooth. Absolutely delicious and perfect for the sacrilegious addition of Cola. If you make a Sazerac with it don't add the sugar syrup. Candy. Candy. Candy.

28th August 2020

Best rye around

My every day go to, more prominent rye flavor than knob 100. Same cost as knob 100 in GA so definitely a better go to if you enjoy rye whiskey.

3rd August 2020

Flavourful floral whiskey

Lovely corner of the whiskey world. It's so unlike Scotch that it reminds me of gin. Very nice, bought a refill before I was done with the first!

9th June 2020

Outstanding! Pick of the litter.

Outstanding straight rye whiskey!

6th June 2020


Just opened my bottle and am mightily impressed.
Very drinkable inndeed.

6th May 2020

Rye in a bottle

Bulleit Rye 95 is something special. It's like a circus of wonderful tastes. You can enjoy it neat, on the rocks or in cocktails. I will buy and enjoy it many more times again.

8th April 2020

Tasty but misleading description

I don't know why it says small batch production in the description as the rye is distilled by MGP Indiana and bottled by bulleit. As for the taste, I was lucky enough to pick up a bottle from the duty free on my home from the states and it is lovely. Certainly getting me through lockdown.

6th April 2020

Reliable taste

Very good “everyday” rye. Not as unique as Knob Creek, but reliable and taste satisfies. Have been drinking ryes since the 90s, back when only Jim Beam and one or two others were on the shelves. Bulleit rye won’t let you down; cannot say the same for the other late-comers.

17th February 2020


It is so smooth, refreshing, no bite like a bourbon. Everybody that I introduce it to, falls in love with it and they we're never whiskey drinkers. You just can't stop drinking it. Thanks Diageo

26th January 2020

thinking about a change

nicely balanced like their straight bourbon but with some rye spice. Worth the extra $5 if you don't want another handle of Lechery.. I mean Larceny or WT101. Not as spicy good as Knoob Creek 100 but you don't always want to pay the $10 extra dollars.

4th January 2020

Awesome nice change :)

Right, i have lived, was a roadie, toured the planet - but never had Rye! BUT my god...i had a bottle of this as a xmas present, cannot believe how smooth and drinkable it is! I normally go for Malt, and yes i got that too, but this makes such a nice change! Dash of coke and really is a nice change! Highly reccomended! Forget ya - trust me!

27th December 2019


I picked this up for Chrismtas and it did not disappoint. My first impression was a kick of heat then a smooth, smoky finish. Delicious!

23rd December 2019

A great Rye whiskey

I figured the high rye content this would be very spicy or hot but it isn't. This is a surprisingly smooth drink, smoother than Bulleit Bourbon. The nose smells like cherries and something else that I can't put my finger on. I taste peaches and oak, its a damned fine rye! I'm kicking myslef for not trying it sooner.

15th December 2019

Surprisingly smooth and certainly tasty.

This is a real bargain for what is a nicely smooth rye whiskey. Sweet and spicy with nice fruity notes at the back. Upfront cherry and dunnage is very refreshing and familiar. I happily sip this whiskey neat and that's unusual for a sub £50 American whiskey.

15th October 2019

A must try! I don't think you'll be disappointed!

I love it! My favorite! Smooth and delicious!

11th June 2019

Excellent standard bar Rye for mixing

Decent 'bar' rye. An excellent MGP Rye. Would be better at 100 proof though, but good value for money.

30th April 2019

Best Rye I know!

Smooth, delicious although I'm not a big fan of american Whiskey, but this is an exception. Lovely stuff

22nd February 2019

Bulleit Rye and Honey...Yum

I've recently begun to drizzle a bit of honey into a glass, pour a little hot water to make a simple syrup, cover with Bulleit Rye and then a little more hot water to taste.

Very smooth, very delicious.

20th December 2018

A must have for your home bar

I can't think of a better rye at this price point. Its got enough depth and character to stand on its own and at this price you can feel good about using it in mixed drinks and cocktails.

15th November 2018

One of the best slippers around!!

Wow! I was blown away when I first tried this by how smooth, ultra sweet and fruity it is while still maintaining quite a spicy overtone. The fruity lingering finish of dried apricot, peaches, and even a hint of mango is truly sublime and beats many a top quality speyside for me. Imagine this matured for a few more years and bottled at cask strength. Never thought a rye grain whiskey could be so good!

9th October 2018

Bulkeit Rye's my choice.

I've always been a bourbon guy, preferring Makers Mark and Wild Turkey. First taste of Bulleit Rye and I was converted. Now, there's a new quart of Makers Mark I received as a gift more than a year ago. It remains unopened. They didn't know I'd found Bulleit Rye.

2nd October 2018

Good spice but tastes like alcoholic flower scent

I was really wanting to enjoy this, I really was. Great spice heat but way too floral to the of being sickly. Good long warm finish though. The bourbon orange label with citrus and cinnamon tones while still carrying some reasonable spice is much more pleasing.

12th September 2018

For the price, it's a very nice rye.

Great rye that makes a very nice Manhattan, sips good straight as well. A very nice drink to go with my cigars.
I've had better rye whiskey, but for the price you can't beat it!
Well done.

7th August 2018

more of a bourbon than a rye

Strong skunky bourbon flavor. Not suited to an old fashioned. Smells like jim beam

23rd July 2018

Pretty good

Well, I’m Australian and only drink Scotch usually, but this is AOK. Thank you Mr Bulleit

29th June 2018

Can’t beat it for the price

My local state store sells this for ~$25. At even money, I’d choose this over a lot of higher-tiered brands....richly spiced, drier than a bourbon, it makes a great Manhattan. There are ryes I like better—but at 2-3 times the price, I don’t like them 2-3 times more. Bulleit Rye punches well above its weight. A “Best Buy.”

12th June 2018

Hot and spicy

It grew on me as I drank more of it, still tastes a bit like corn bourbon but I get the nice spices on the finish. It's hot on the entry for sure and I've had ryes I enjoyed more than this one, but its ok.

3rd June 2018

What's not to like? Very good.

Grassy green on the nose kind of bourbon in the background. Very pleasant for rye bite is delivered gradually not straight into your face. Syrupy sweet at first as well, in my opinion better than its Bullit bourbon brother. Fantastic sipper (rye, can you imagine it?)
Well balanced, recommended!

25th March 2018

The best Straight Rye I've had so far.

I am giving up Jim Beam and bourbon all together. This is definitely a rye whiskey not a bourbon. Love it it's very smooth and Over Ice is very nice.

16th December 2017

I have two bottles in my personal bar.

It's become my staple rye. I had my doubts, but it is smooth and is a rye.

2nd December 2017

Smoother Than Most

I'm a Rye fan. I've tried almost every Rye at the liquor store and spotted this one above Jim Beam's prohibition Rye. I'll say it's easy to sip and leaves a small aftertaste on your tongue. Priced right at $24-25 dollars.

14th August 2017

Damn good Rye

Im drinking My first dram of Bulleit Rye, I like tastes like what a good whiskey should, not brutal going down, and I like the tastes of tobacco, leather, and vanilla. Whiskey is definitely not for the meek, but BR is a real change of pace from the Bourbons that Ive had in the past, I'll definitely keep a bottle on My shelf.

30th July 2017

Highly recommended

Wonderfully smooth but packs a deep punch and afterglow

15th July 2017

Hits the spot.

This is very nice.
It is gutsy without being harsh.
Full of flavour neat,or with one ice cube in 50mls.

27th June 2017

It's 45 bucks and punches well above its weight.

Generally prefer an Islay single malt, but was pleasantly surprised to find a bourbon I didn't think tasted like a combination of shit and auto transmission fluid.

Can't claim to be as refined in palate as other reviews, but I genuinely enjoy this.

Very smooth, finish is clean comparative to what I usually go for, and doesn't fuck about. Far sweeter than I'd normally go for but the sweetness doesn't seem to be trying to hide something else, which is what I tend to find with most common brands in Aus.

21st June 2017

This......This made me a fan of Rye.

A nice highland single malt scotch neat is my go to liquor and I picked up a bottle of the Bulleit Rye out of curiosity.
It really surprised me the full and varied flavors running around on my pallet.
Hints of honey, cherry, vanilla and tobacco with a touch of leather all lingeringly mingled on my tastebuds with a crisp warm finish.
Especially considering I can buy three or four bottles of this for the same money as some of my single malts, I'll keep it around in my bar on a very regular basis.

27th May 2017


When I feel like making an old fashioned this is always my go to!

19th April 2017

Not the catcher in the rye

I'm usually a single malt drinker but I have, at times, enjoyed various bourbon and rye whiskeys. I was looking forward to this for a bit of a change but I was sadly disappointed. Despite its proclaimed 45%, it seemed weak and thin. It was overly sweet with not much of the spice I was expecting. Next time I want to bite the Bulleit, I think I'll stick to the bourbon. For Rye, I'll stick to Rittenhouse 100.

10th March 2017

UK lover of lowland malts

But this little beauty was a very nice surprise - especially as drinking malt is very expensive now I've moved to the states (at the rate I get through bottles that is)

30th December 2016

First time Rye Drinker

Bought a bottle of this recently after trying in a local whiskey bar. Very different to other whiskies I've drunk before and better than many bourbons I've tried. Good price too.

16th December 2016

Bite the Bulleit

My favorite bourbon, close to Makers, but a notch above the 100 proof Jim Beam Bonded small batch bourbons. Reminiscent of Wild Turkey Rare Breed but at a much lower price point

15th December 2016

Fantastic - first couple drams will kick though!

Spicy! More complex than the bourbon and without the (in my opinion) sickly corn-syrup note.
Has a long warming finish and a subtle oatiness which is very moreish and not too dry, lovely!
As with any whisky the first couple glasses will lack roundness - I assume anybody stating it to be "harsh" hasn't left it in the glass long enough/given it a good swirl.
Go buy it!

4th December 2016

Bulliet Rye is very nice stuff

I gave it 5 stars, the bottle I bought was only 27.00 + tax, and it is very easy sipping stuff. I was very surprised, stuff this cheap is usually not so nice. I'll readily admit I'm not a greatly experienced expert, but this stuff has a ton of character, it even has what I call "sharpness", lol, it has a strong character/flavor but perfectly rides the line below what I'd call "harsh". I'm not very good at review descriptions but the guy who did the "Master of Malt" description here really nailed it. Cherry, vanilla, leather, tobacco, peach spice, and so on like he said. I see guys giving it a lower rating and they probably have had better I guess, but for the money this stuff is outstanding. I'm used to paying much more for a bourbon/scotch/tequila that is this great served just plain neat.

24th November 2016

Shockingly surprised by how good it is

First, I've been drinking whisk(e)y since my teens, which is a very long time. I've always connected with it, for some reason, in many of its forms - bourbon, scotch, Irish pot still, got it. But I never tried rye, and I'm not sure why not. This is my first one and I am bowled over. I haven't been this excited about a whiskey in over 13 years, when I had some Pappy van Winkle for the first (and only) time at Christmas party.

Trying it straight, I defintiely get the cherries and spice. I've always taken the spice note, when reading about rye whsikeys, as code for 'hot' or 'burning' (the same way that 'cozy' denotes small in estate agent ads). But it's not in this case - it literally means a clove/cinnamon/allspice note but without the heat. In fact, this is one of the smoothest, most enjoyable whisk(e)ys I have had to date, sampled neat.

In a cocktail, it makes a mean Old Fashioned. I wish I had more to report on the cocktail front, but I haven't been able to get away from its use in an old fashioned.

So serious points awarded to this whiskey. Super surprised by it in fact. It definitely shares a common ancestor with Bourbon (think Elijah Craig 12, for instance). But it doesn't have as much bite going down and seems more balanced in terms of sweet/spicy notes.

I read a review of a Rye whiskey once that said something like the person would never go back to bourbon. I get why now.

4th November 2016

Apple, Vanilla, Old Book, Tobacco

Sweet apple, vanilla custard, old book, sweet caramelized sugars, tobacco, cologne, spicy toast. Pretty nice, thin compared to the Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey I had an hour ago. Whistle Pig is better but this is still nice.

3rd September 2016

Makes a great old fashioned

If you have the extra $$ I'd go with the Knob Creek, but this is my second choice for a Rye Old Fashioned. 2 tsp simple syrup, couple dashes of bitters, light stir, lemon zest (pinch it to release the oils), the biggest ice cubes you can find, and then 2 oz. of Rye. I'm never going back to bourbon.

14th July 2016

interesting nose, somewhat disappointing finish

I'd seen rye described as the American Islay -style whisk[e]y. Islay single-malts are among my favourites (esp. that Caol Ila aged in moscatel barrels) so when I finally came across a bar where they serve this particular variant I grabbed my chance and ordered a neat dram with a small bottle of mineral water. Good bar: they serve in Glencairn glasses.
The nose was nice and interesting, about what I expected from reading the comments here. Reminiscent of good bourbon but not as corn-syrup overwhelming as they sometimes are. Though with more and a bit agressive alcohol deeper in the glass.
In the mouth, I was indeed reminded of a Scotch single malt, minus the peat of course. It's a good whiskey, but I found it a bit flat, lacking in complexity and evolution in the finish.

9th July 2016


I am a scotch drinker and love the peaty stuff. I generally prefer my whisky to be peaty and if not have a spicy note to it. I dislike bourbon and Jack Daniels and don't understand the love affair with them. I have however always thought that Wild Turkey was not a bad whiskey and now I know why. They have always had some eye in thier distilling process. I had read about the American Ryes of old and when this came out a few years back I bought a bottle and fell in love with it. There are two bottles with certainty that are always in my home. Laphroig and Bulliet Rye. You can drink it neat or on the rocks but it makes a mean old fashioned. Muddled orange or lemon zest, sugar with angostura bitters in the bottom of the glass with a few cubes topped with a shot or two of this, stir and you are set.

29th June 2016

Very nice :)

Im typically a highland single malt scotch drinker but had read a few great reviews of Bulleit Rye and picked up a bottle.
Im very glad I did
My tastebuds picked up a hint of peach and cherry in a vanilla base that was perfectly oaked with just the right amount of burn to it. Traces of spices linger in the mouth afterwards from this slightly sweet smooth whiskey

15th June 2016


Hands down top shelf Rye Whiskey.

7th June 2016

All Nighter

To save me from having to try and do a better review, read the one titled "Great fun, strong & sweet rye flavour with 'frontier' harsh edge, tho not elegant". I'll only add that I can drink this all night and never tire of it. I don't care who makes it or how, but they did a damn fine job.

23rd May 2016


The smoothest rye I've seen thus far. Makes for a mean Old Fashioned.

15th May 2016

a guy breathing air

The bottle that I am finishing now is not the same GOOD quality of the last 8-10 bottles I have had before. This bottle was weak on flavor with much burn. No rating on this bottle.

If I was close to MGP in Lawenceburg, Indiana.....I would take it back to them for my money back. Damn shame to get ripped off like this!!!! BULLEIT RYE . Quallity control like this will put me back to Knobb Creek Rye.

10th May 2016

Easy drinking rye

I gave this such a good review based on affordability vs quality. When one compares the two this is a superior malt. As good as 3 tines as expensive Rye's I've had. A good everyday drinker for a Tennessee guy who has obsession with whisk(e)y

21st April 2016


The smell is... awkward. , boiled crayfish, wet grass..weird. But don't judge this one by that (or by it's bourbon namesake), this is a smooth, warm , grassy whiskey. Brilliant!

31st January 2016

Great Whiskey! Period

For $25 in my area, this is a great whiskey. Hot an spicy. NICE.

2nd January 2016


In a world of over-priced whisk(e)y, Bulleit Rye, given its high quality, is practically a steal. But it. Buy it now.

24th December 2015

Top Notch!

Fantastic! My definite go-to, favorite rye! Mixes great, good poured over a single cube, and even better neat! Drink a double out of a Glencairn glass and take it all in - five stars all the way and then some. Remember, don't cheat yourself, treat yourself!

23rd December 2015

Not as good as ...

As is says it is a whiskey, not bad at all, but to similar taste to others ... their Bourbon is much better option to my opinion.

2nd December 2015

Great fun, strong & sweet rye flavour with 'frontier' harsh edge, tho not elegant

Bulleit 'frontier' Rye, like many other ryes, is made by the MGP (formerly Seagram's) distillery of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, which does not have its own brands, & supplies many 'craft whisky' marques. Uncorking Bulleit, Canadian whisky fans will immediately recognise the strong rye nose in this 90-proof (45% abv) whisky in the antique-style bottle. The dominant sweet flavourful rye taste is paired with a slightly harsh bitter under-taste, & a bourbon-style 'burn', making for an overall pleasantly rough-edged 'frontier' whisky, as the label & bottle name it. Good fun to sip straight, tho without the elegance & balance of Canadian whiskies with their pre-dominance of rye flavouring.

23rd November 2015


I'm new to rye. smother than scotch or irsh whiskey, not as sweet as corn burbon.
I like it a lot

27th October 2015

Makes a great Sazerac.

My new go-to rye.

12th September 2015

Blues Guitarist

OMG !! I love the taste and body of this whiskey. I am now a big fan.
JR South portland Maine

1st September 2015

I will be ordering this again

Very enjoyable, easy sipping whisky

30th July 2015

Best of the Best

this is probably the best rye there ever was.

25th July 2015


Very nice, really easy sipping whisky. Doesn't quite reach the same level as it's Bourbon cousin, but is still very very good. Sweet and mellow, with strong undertones of spice.

8th July 2015

Awesome, Baby!

Always been a rye fan and this is my fave. A steal for under $30. Makes a great Manhattan.

30th June 2015


I bought a bottle to make some affordable Manhattan's. Pretty dissapointing, should have gone with my usual mixer rye, dickle.

19th April 2015


It's very like an Irish Pot Still spicy and buttery with loads of vanilla, needs some water or three cubes of ice to melt and is too drinkable!

21st March 2015

Not distilled by Bulleit, Bulleit is an NDP

Bulleit, despite their heartwarming backstory, is not a distiller. They purchase their whiskey wholesale from a massive industrial scale Lawrenceburg, Indiana alcohol plant and bottle it under their own name. They are very shy about telling you this, but there it is. Kudos to the fine people in Lawrenceburg for a fine whisky, but to Bulleit, liar liar pants on fire.

7th January 2015


This is fantastic either with ice or, mixed. Makes a really good Old Fashioned (skip the fruit and soda water). Love this rye with just a pinch of cane sugar, 4/5 dashes of bitters, and a splash of ginger ale to wet the bitters. Add Ice, rye, and top with more ginger ale. Very tasty indeed! Love this. Try the Bulleit 10 year bourbon, it's amazing!

4th January 2015

first timer

I am new to the rye whiskey world. As a matter of fact, I'm quite new to whiskey in general. Good whiskey that is. I was curious about the rye style so I gave it a try. Bulleit was recommended to me by a very knowledgeable store near my home. I must say that I am thoroughly impressed! This stuff is good. Like another poster said, I found myself nosing and sipping this for about an hour and fell in love. This has moved front and center on my list of "go-to's" after a busy work week. Cheers!

13th December 2014

Aboslutely Love It

Been a Bulleit drinker for some years now and this just increase my appreciation of the distillers - Keep up the great work.

10th December 2014

Characteristic, but too blunt

I never tasted a rye before, so this was new on me. The nose and palate confused me. Fresh cherry was the focal point here. As a typical islay drinker, not exactly my cup of tea. But I appreciated what it was telling me. However, the sheer bluntness of it offences me, making it unsuitable for a first-of-the-night dram. I reccomend it as a second or third of the night, as the edges will slightly wear down. Not bad, but there are far more reffined whisky's out there. (RB)

30th August 2014

Bulleit with a cherry on top

Lighter than rye whiskeys like Rittenhouse and Sazerac, tastes like regular Bulleit but with a very nice subtle and surprising cherry finish. Worth a try if you like your ryes and want to try something different.

28th August 2014


This isn't anything like a bourbon, cos it ain't a bourbon. It's a whole different beast. Try it, you might like it. I love it. I started on scotch but this is now my drink. Thank you bulleit!!

17th August 2014

new found love

My first rye whiskey and it was even better than expected. I'm not much of a bourbon guy so I'm exploring the range of ryes out there. Not nearly enough, but so far I'm very impressed. I usually go for a lightly peated highland scotch and have found most speysides too much for the price here in the usa. Rye to the rescue! Satisfies the fruity desire but packs way more punch. I nosed and sipped my first glass for an hour and kept saying "wow!"

14th July 2014


First bourbon I actually enjoyed. It isn't too sweet, has a smooth butter and vanilla flavour and a little cereal finish. Absolutely wonderful for a great price (only 25 euros in my town).

22nd June 2014

Gin botanicals

I cannot taste and smell nothing else whit this stuff. I tried to like it but have 3/4 of bottle on shelf for about 8 months. I keeping coming back to it from time to time but the experience is bit disappointing.

23rd April 2014


I love this stuff. I got a whole bunch of folks turned on to it and I prefer this to scotch. 3 Fingers with a big ice cube!

18th February 2014


Makes a mean Manhattan

18th February 2014

Superb Stuff

The first Rye whiskey I tried after moving to the US from the UK and still one of my faves, simply delicious and well worth it.

13th December 2013

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