American Whiskey - Bourbon

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Bulleit Frontier Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Overall Rating
    675 / 795
    Rabble Rating
    3.5 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $34
    Proof
    90.0

Rating Description

97th Percentile
This score falls in the 97th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.

Notes

Bulleit Bourbon is their flagship brand and their take on the most classic of American whiskeys. The bourbon itself is a blend of 68% corn; 28% rye; and 4% malted barley. They regard this as a "high rye" bourbon recipe, which implies to us a robust and somewhat spicy kick to the otherwise mellow and sweet corn flavors.

Bulleit was featured on BlueKitchen.net as part of their "Best Bourbon" tour. They gave it a decent grade of "B" saying: "Bulleit isn't super-refined bourbon... but it's good sippin' whiskey just the same."

About the Producer:


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. 

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2005
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  • 2010
  • 2011
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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2007
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  • 2010
  • 2012

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2006
  • 2013
derkerderr (70) (2/19/2014)
I tried this a while back and I did not recall liking this much. I decided to give it another shot and it was better than I remembered. It's not fantastic and it damn sure ain't the number three bourbon, but it's pretty good.
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jrstone76 (1) (02/04/2014)
Great flavor. Just right with a cube or two of ice. For the money, this bottle holds its own with anything on the bar.
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NeatPour (154) (12/14/2013)
3.65/5 out of the bottom shelf guys this fella knocks me out, Jim, jack, James. Johnnie red. That being said this is more expensive than those. Unfortunately I put Evan Williams 2003 in this price category along with b trace and Jim beam black and all three I think I'd favor... It's light bodied with some rye. Fairly balanced... It's not too rough or hot at all, it just isn't as flavorful and it doesn't serve a good niche for my home bar. I'd rather have a good rye and a good meaty corn dominated bourbon malt with some char. How bti gives this 92-93 is a bit of a stretch.
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antiquecollector (27) (12/11/2013)
Love the old style bottle but I've had better bourbons for less money.
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vinevine (4) (11/12/2013)
I would rank this behind Knob Creek. Great bottle.
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dfwitt (22) (10/27/2013)
Pronounced rye spiciness--great in cocktails--I also enjoy it on the rocks--highly recommended.
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TomG2751 (25) (9/3/2013)

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joelbarrett (58) (03/21/2013)
Light bourbon.
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bulleitsucks (1) (2/19/2013)
What are these people talking about. It's garbage - kentucky's black velvet. Oh, it comes in an old timey bottle and has a cool name? Bulleit was introduced in 1999 for fu$%'s sake. It is more harsh than anything in the 8 dollar range, but costs 3x that. Smoothness isn't the only thing, but it IS a prerequisite. This whisky is utter and complete garbage.
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Burks (12) (11/30/2012)
One of the best Bourbons I've ever tasted. Amazing at only $30
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mfholley (3) (06/29/2012)
I think it is the best bourbon for the money on the market. if you want to sip bourbon you will need to spend the money and get something nice!
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nickwk (3) (06/12/2012)
Yup, it is harsh on the palette, and as a sipping whiskey it leaves something to be desired. That said, its one of my favorite mixing bourbons. The aggressiveness that makes it tough to sip also makes it shine when mellowed down with some vermouth. Try it in a dry manhattan, then pass judgement.
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Storcke (22) (12/25/2011)
My second favorite sub-$40 bourbon, after Buffalo Trace, even though, with its extremely dry, rye-heavy taste, it is the complete opposite of BT. Nose is fresh oak, smoke, caramel, more oak. Very dry, unlike most bourbons. Taste is rye, caramel, corn, charred oak, (seaweed?). Smooth as can be after you get past the dry texture. Unlike most bourbons in some ways, but highly recommended.
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bourbob (24) (09/27/2011)
I dont understand the allure of this
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mixologist1 (6) (06/11/2011)
A decent beginner bourbon. Use as context to judge more complex varieties.
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hoosier09 (6) (3/31/2011)
A bit spicy for my tastes due to a high rye content, but makes for a great cocktail.
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dschafer (17) (3/29/2011)
Amazing bourbon with a smoky rye quality. Fans of a more traditional bourbon may be disappointed, but for mixing in cocktails this bourbon shines. As others have noted, can be subbed for a rye whiskey if needed. Great price point for the value as well.
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Irishman (237) (11/16/2010)
This is a great "standard" bourbon to add to your bar collection. Nothing like Buffalo Trace, but it is very serviceable and a neat addition to any bar.
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MrMartini (17) (9/30/2010)
While I don't like Bulleit as a sipping bourbon, I completely agree it works very well in whiskey cocktails that can hold up to the heavier rye. For instance, this is a bourbon I enjoy using to make a Sazerac cocktail. The rye whiskey quality really holds up well balanced with Peychaud Bitters.
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manikmathur (18) (9/11/2010)
Harsh on the palette and burns on the way down a total disappointment
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ChrisCarlsson (328) (8/28/2010)
A good bourbon of the heavier rye, drier style, that is not as common as it used to be. Some may consider it a bit light in body or find the dryness not to their liking. But, if you want to try new and different bourbon for not a lot of money this one is certainly worth considering.

It is a good bargain for someone seeking a better whiskey for under $30. Also it is a great substitute in a rye cocktail as many of the ryes commercially available in its price range are, frankly almost undrinkable.

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jfatt340 (15) (8/5/2010)
The bottle looks rustic?
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