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.
Owned by Diageo, Bulleit doesn’t technically distill its Bourbon or their new Rye. They contract with other distilleries to produce both of these whiskeys (the bourbon is made at Four Roses). The new 95 Rye gets its name from the 95% rye grain mash bill from Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana (LDI).
Tasting note: 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! 45% Alc./Vol.