American Whiskey - Bourbon
Bulleit 10yr Frontier Whiskey Bourbon
Rating DescriptionTier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
First launched in 2013, Bulleit 10 is a premium bourbon aged at least 10 years in oak prior to bottling (a ripe old age in the bourbon world relatively speaking)--this in contrast to the flagship brand, which is aged between 5 and 8 years. In our experience, this will tend to lead to a richer, deeper and more lingering taste, particularly on the finish. They suggest looking for flavors of vanilla, dried fruit, and a "long smoky finish."
We had the opportunity to taste Bulleit 10 ourselves... see our full and through write-up.
Bulleit Distilling Company came from the man Augustus Bulleit, who began as a tavern keeper in Louisville, Kentucky. His experiments in bourbon were lost in a trip to New Orleans not to be heard from again until 1987 when great-great grandson Tom Bulleit revived the family legacy. The brand is represented today by Hollis Bulleit, fourth in a line of four generations of management of the Bulleit bourbon brand. In 2010, the brand was acquired by Diageo but we were assured in talking with their representatives at the 2010 Celebration of American Distilling, that their company was still small and family-run (if not family-owned) and a partnership with Diageo to provide some of the marketing muscle. The whiskey was originally sourced from Lawrenceburg Distillers in Indiana (later MGP and now Proximo Distillers), but in 2012 production moved to the Diageo bottling plant in Connecticut, then to their plant in Louisville, Kentucky, and now in 2016 to Plainsfield, Illinois. At this point, one has to assume it is a blend from several different locations. We continue to note Proximo simply on the assumption that much of the spirit originates there. For those interested in the origins of bourbon, a new distillery and warehouse complex in Shelby County, Kentucky that will be the Bulleit Distillery is scheduled to open some time in 2016. (Of course, aging it will take longer.)
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