Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength Review

Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength Review
Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength started as a KY only release focused on the on-premise market and with its success it’s expanded beyond the bar and into the home… namely my home. Which is where I tasted this sample of mystery whiskey and I have to say… I like it. They should make this a regular thing; if the stocks of Old Grand-Dad can hold out that is (for those just tuning in, I think Jim Beam is Bulleit’s current contract distiller).
In Bulleit’s Words: Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength
“Bulleit Barrel Strength is medium-amber in color, with gentle spiciness and sweet oak aromas. The mid-palate is smooth with tones of maple, oak and nutmeg.  The finish is long, dry, and satiny with light toffee flavors, and deepened oak notes.”
That’s their take on this whiskey and if you’re curious about mine, and why wouldn’t you be, hop on down to the Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength review below.

Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength Info

Region: Kentucky, USA
Distiller: Unknown (likely Jim Beam)
Bottler: Bulleit
Mashbill: Corn, Rye and Malted Barley
Cask: New Charred Oak
Age: NAS
ABV: 59.7%
Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Batch: 2
Price: $60*

Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength Review

EYE
Dark amber

NOSE
Sweet rustic; toffee, rye spice, oak, leather, vanilla, dark fruit, pepper and a bit of citrus and biscuits. Nice

PALATE
Chocolate Oak; toffee, rye spice, citrus, oak, cocoa, cinnamon, leather, dark fruit, nuts and a touch of vanilla and biscuits. Awesome

FINISH
Long -> Oak, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, nuts and biscuits.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Great sense of balance, round full body and a warm feel that’s a touch acidic.

OVERALL
Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength is good, no scratch that, it’s great stuff. This is the type of bourbon I want to drink all the time and I think that someone, cough Beam cough, really dropped the ball here. Whoever distilled this excellent high rye whiskey could have made a mint releasing this cask strength offering themselves. This is good stuff.

It’s absolutely true that Bulleit (Diageo) could be sourcing from multiple sources to make their bourbon and if that’s true then I feel like a significant portion has to be from Beam. I get so many similarities in this and the current Bulleit release to OGD that it has to be more than mere coincidence. Partner this “coincidence” with the fact that Beam has been reducing their public output of OGD and too many things line up for it be a mere coincidence. Regardless, this is good whiskey and should you get the chance, try it.

SCORE: 90/100 (A-)

*Disclosure: This Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength sample was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 90
  • Palate - 90
  • Finish - 89
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 90

Summary

Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength is great whiskey. Get it!

Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength Label

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6 Responses to Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength Review

    • Bulleit is distilling, but it won’t be until 2020 when it’ll starts showing up on the shelves and the Four Roses contract ended a couple years ago. That stock is long gone 🙂

  1. Josh you have it rough some days. but not this day. So was it fine neat or did it need a splash? I just got my glencairns in and had some bargain priced OGD 114 to celebrate my 2nd grandsons birth today. So I checked the page for some whisky porn. Nice review!

      • Thanks Josh. I have read conflicting info in regards to OGD and the 114’s Fate. The most recent info I had is Beam Suntory was going to release a 2nd bottling of 114 late this year but I can’t confirm that. I recently purchased 6 bottles for just a bit over $23 each with Tax.

        At that price point I am wondering if I should get a few more. It’s my wife’s favorite and she takes it neat. The Glencairn Glasses (with lids) were a nice addition to our whisky experience. My question in the first comment was missed though. Was the Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength from this review fine neat or did it need a splash? Just curious but I am never having any over ice and rarely with a splash. Neat or an occasional cocktail.

        • From what I can tell they’re doing it as allocated releases now. They first released a statement that it was gone and not coming back, but they’re putting out small releases now.

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