Bulleit’s great-great-grandfather Augustus emigrated from France to New Orleans around 1800, eventually following the commerce of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to Louisville, Ky., where he became a tavern keeper. In keeping with his French heritage, he relied on his knowledge of brandy making to create small batches of Kentucky bourbon that found favor among the settlers of the region in the mid-1800s. Soon his product was traveling with the tide of pioneers headed westward. Business was good, but in 1860, Augustus disappeared while transporting barrels of whiskey to New Orleans, and with him died the making of his legendary bourbon. Until Tom Bulleit came along. Bulleit Rye is a Straight Rye Whiskey, offering a 95% Rye Mash Whiskey and 5% Malted Barley, which makes it among the highest ryes available in the market.
Deep brassy gold appearance. From a freshly opened bottle, the nose takes some time to ‘wake up’ offering very little aroma whatsoever. Aeration gradually draws out moderate scents of stewed apple / apple peel, beeswax, mustard seed and spicy rye. Ten minutes more brings cocoa and hints of peppermint to the fore. Classic rye complexity. The palate delivers a wonderfully crisp, concentrated, spicy rye profile; mustard seed combines with dustings of dark chocolate and vanilla on the finish. Concludes with a prolonged, drying aftertaste with the spicy rye notes persisting. Cracking stuff!