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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.
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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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
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
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
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
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
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, blended...you 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
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
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
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
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 didMy 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
My new go-to rye.
12th September 2015
OMG !! I love the taste and body of this whiskey. I am now a big fan.JR South portland Maine
1st September 2015
Very enjoyable, easy sipping whisky
30th July 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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