American Whiskey - Rye
Bulleit 95 Rye Small Batch American Rye Whiskey
This score falls in the 96th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
First released on March 1, 2011, Bulleit 95 Rye whiskey is only the second product launched by popular distillery and complements their bourbon. The 95 in the title is in reference to the 95% rye in the grain bill (it must be at least 50% to qualify as a rye). The remaining 5% is malted barley.
Bulleit Rye was featured on a Mansome Libation episode instructing us in making an Old Fashioned cocktail with mixologist Tom Macy. It featured 2oz of Bulleit rye, a spoonful of sugar, and 2 dashes of each orange bitters and angostura bitters (we found the presentation noteworthy for the giant ice cube they used in the glass)--video here.
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. While the brand is managed by the Bulleit Distilling Company the whiskey itself is sourced from Lawrenceburg Distillers in Indiana, which we note here as the producer.
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