Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength Frontier Whiskey
In 1987, Thomas Bulleit began producing Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Whiskey in honor of his great-great grandfather Augustus, who pioneered an unusually high rye bourbon in the 1830’s while looking for a unique flavor profile. Yet the company has had no working distillery of their own, and the current source distiller is unknown to the public. Previously it was sourced through Four Roses, who matched Bulleit’s interest in having a high rye bourbon. While Bulleit probably still has the old Four Roses stock on hand, some of the content may now be coming from elsewhere.
The characteristic Bulleit bottle style adds something of the antique to this modern whiskey, and. This new barrel strength offering weighs in with an ABV of somewhere between 59.0% to 62.5% (118 to 125 proof), with my sample running 119.2 proof. It has a beautiful, dark coppery color in the bottle and the glass. In the glass, light reflecting off the whiskey highlights readily apparent gold tints, and the legs appear to be long, but are otherwise thin and drain quickly to the bottom.
The aromas include sweet cedar, cereal and caramel and a nice overall woodiness. My pour, which is at the lower end of the strength scale, had some very slight alcohol burn on the nose.
vanilla and caramel notes interweave with stronger blasts of pepper and cinnamon. It’s a pleasant mixture of sweet and spice that has some strength to it, yet doesn’t come off as too strong.
Lots of cinnamon and spice. It’s a straightforward palate that merely intensifies what you may love or hate about the standard Bulleit Bourbon.
Straightforward and consistent: starts hot, develops some creaminess, and finishes dry. The finish lacks much flavor besides plentiful notes of oak and spice, which is to be expected coming from a barrel strength version of the standard Bulleit Bourbon.