Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon
Intro: From Bulleit’s website: Distilled in Kentucky from the highest quality ingredients, this new variant is a barrel strength version of Bulleit Bourbon with the same high-rye mash bill. Bulleit Barrel Strength won Best Straight Bourbon and received a Double Gold Medal from the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and earned a score of 92 at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – continuing Bulleit’s history of sharing award-winning whiskeys.
The barrels selected to create Bulleit Barrel Strength were emptied and combined into a single batch without the inclusion of any additional water after the whiskey was removed from the barrels. Aged and bottled at Stitzel-Weller in Louisville, Ky., this new offering allows bartenders and fans of great whiskey the opportunity to taste Bulleit Bourbon straight out of the barrel, uncut and non-chill filtered.
Review: Full disclosure, I thought when I was reviewing the 10 year Bulleit that I was reviewing this bourbon…I have too many bottles of bourbon.
The nose…slight fume but overwhelming carmel and sweet smells, like vanilla and chocolate. It has a hint of the barn floor and a touch of the corn…hidden in my left nostril.
The first sip…no lip burn but gum fire and now tongue sting. I can feel the bourbon flashing off my tongue. Yep, this is MGP. High rye. Effff! I want to like this…
*Everytime I see this dumbass Charles Schuab commercial where that lady says Fiduciary…all I can think is, this commercial and you are FA-Douchie-ary lady!*
Second sip…same mouth feel…. No real chest burn, only a slight throat burn. It has a sweetness to it but it’s not over the top sweet. It is hot and hangs around burning your tongue…still flashing off the alcohol. It’s very barrel flavor-ie. I don’t know man…
Third sip…I don’t even want to take the next sip. I’m watching the Ryder Cup…why does Tiger Woods even play in this, he is terrible at team sports…God it’s a teeth clinch and eye close to get through the sip. I think when I tried this before I was drinking it on the rocks, not neat. It’s extremely woody.
Do I like it? This is a new section I am going to start in my reviews. Do I like this bourbon? Not really. I would just rather have other things…like a cheese grater on the tongue. It’s not enough on the sweet side and too much on the wood side of tastes.
Is it worth $? $70 is like the going rate and I think when I bought this, it was only available in Kentucky, and I thought it was great to have in the collection. I still think it is a good one to have in a collection. Is it worth that money? No. $40 tops.