American Whiskey - Bourbon

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Bulleit Cask Strength Frontier Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Indiana, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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92nd Percentile
This score falls in the 92nd percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2016

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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. The cask strength version was released unblended (most bourbon is bottled in the 80 or 90 proof range).

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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