In the 1830s, a tavern-keeper in Louisville, Kentucky named Augustus Bulleit began experimenting with different recipes in order to create a unique bourbon. At the time, it was common for bartenders and salon-owners to create their own whiskies - they often added caramel, tobacco or rock candy in order to produce their signature drinks. After countless trials, Bulleit finally settled on a recipe that produced the perfect bourbon.
In the 1860's, Bulleit disappeared while transporting a few of his maturing casks of bourbon from Kentucky to New Orleans. Over a century later, Tom Bulleit - Augustus' great-great grandson - inherited the family recipe and began producing Bulleit Bourbon. "We have a distilling tradition in the family," says Bulleit. "It seems kind of odd that one would have a family recipe for bourbon, but in our part of Kentucky everyone has one."
Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is crafted from a mash of corn, rye and malted barley. After the grains are harvested, they are mashed and fermented with a unique strain of family yeast. Following fermentation, the wash is distilled through a copper still before being matured in charred, American oak casks for six to eight years. "Once we're done with the barrels, they're sent over to Johnnie Walker where they'll age the blended scotches," says Bulleit.
Bulleit Bourbon has a caramel color, along with an aroma of charred oak, rich caramel and warm spices. The notes of oak, allspice and cinnamon give way to hints of creamy vanilla, roasted nuts and rye bread on the palate, and lead to a long, slightly sweet finish.
Bulleit Small Batch Rye Whiskey is crafted from a mash of 95% rye grains and 5% malted barley. Much like the bourbon, the grains are fermented with a unique strain of family yeast and distilled through a copper still. Following distillation, the rye is aged for four to seven years in heavily charred, American oak casks.
The rye has a golden honey color, along with an aroma of dark cherries and mellow tobacco. The aroma gives way to notes of citrus, buttered bread, cinnamon and spicy oak. The finish is spicy and warming, with a hint of caramel and vanilla.
Bulleit Bourbon earned a score of 93 points from the Beverage Testing Institute, and a score of 95 points from Wine Enthusiast. In addition, Forbes Magazine called it "one of the best bourbons." Bulleit Rye earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and earned a score of 95 points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2014, which named it the best rye whiskey in the world.
"There's a difference between aging and maturity, and we'll never bottle whiskey until it's ready to reach the customer," says Bulleit. Try a ready-bourbon and rye whiskey today!
90 (45% ABV) each
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Bourbon: Caramel color. Aroma of charred oak, rich caramel and warm spices. Notes of oak, allspice and cinnamon give way to hints of creamy vanilla, roasted nuts and rye bread on the palate. Long, slightly sweet finish.
Rye: Golden honey color, along with an aroma of dark cherries and mellow tobacco. Notes of citrus, buttered bread, cinnamon and spicy oak. Finish is spicy and warming, with a hint of caramel and vanilla.