Bulleit bourbon is one versatile whiskey. It’s great neat, but its high rye content makes it outstanding in cocktails. Best of all, it’s a solid buy for about $25-$30. In 2013, Bulleit Distilling Company unleashed a version of Bulleit bourbon aged 10 years, which is about 3-4 years older than their standard Bulleit bourbon, and considerably more expensive ($45). How does the extra time in the barrel change things? Is it worth the extra cash?
(Bulleit Distilling Company provided a small sample for this review). Where Bulleit bourbon is dry and spicy, its 10 year old sibling Bulleit 10 is a bit more balanced. On the nose there’s some oak along with spice, vanilla, and a little caramel. It’s nice. Taste-wise, I don’t get the alcohol kick I expected at 91.2 proof. Much less of a kick than its younger brother. There’s a nice balance of oak and spice, with a little vanilla and caramel. The finish is a little spicy and sweet, but doesn’t stick around too long.
Overall Bulleit 10 is a tasty, balanced bourbon. It lacks the big spice of its younger sibling, but evens things out with a little oak. The whiskey in this bottle is highly recommended, even at $45. My only gripe is the price. It’s about $15 more than standard Bulleit bourbon… a fantastic bourbon in its own right. Bulleit is the better value, but Bulleit 10 is the better bourbon.