About 2 years ago the makers of Bulleit Bourbon came out with thier version of Rye. About six months after that I picked up a bottle of said Rye, and put it in my bunker. There it sat all lonely for these last 18 months. I guess in some respects it kind of scared me because it has SO MUCH rye in the mash bill. 95%! That is unheard of, until now. No CORN in your rye? Well, as it turns out my fears were unfounded, and I must say the makers of this fine rye whiskey have shown their true genius.
Rye for me can get a sort of a dusty flavor if not made with care. Lookin’ at you Old Overholt! I even got a bit of that after taste from the outstanding Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. It is just a kind of dusty flavor like being in a wind storm on freshly tilled piece of farm land. It must be in the mix of the corn and rye during the mash process that creates this flavor, because there was none of that here!
Honestly I couldn’t really tell this was rye (being as there was none of the aforementioned flavor) it just tasted like a fantastic sipping whiskey that had great flavor with very pleasing finish.
The nose on this whiskey is all honey and cherry blossom, with that floral quality coming through very pronounced in the flavor. When I took a sip, I was very surprised. It was so sweet it almost had a cordial quality to it, but then the sweetness mellowed into a caramelly and vanilla barrel flavor with a hint of char and leather.
The finish on this rye can be described in one word: SMOOTH. It started with a warming sensation in my stomach, then slowly worked its way up to my chest then enveloped the entire upper half of my body. It was very pleasing, and at only 90 proof. This is a very well crafted rye whiskey.
I would love to try this rye at 100 plus proof. I think it would turn the heat up a bit and make it just that much more delicious. Are you listening Bulleit guys? Maybe a barrel strength version! That would be great.
This Rye was truly delicious and at about $25 for a fifth it won’t set you back too much for the privilege. I really enjoyed this rye and I think you will too.