I’ve read a lot of other reviews for Bulleit 10 and I feel like I’m in the minority of people who prefer the 10 to the regular Bulleit bourbon. I definitely see where the argument about if it’s worth the price comes into play though. That $40-$50 price point is getting more crowded each month with premium offerings from major distilleries and small batch options from craft distillers. It’s a tough time to be competing at this level.
Bulleit 10 has a great aroma and flavor that are rich with everything that makes bourbon great and when tasted side by side with the regular Bulleit and a bottle of Four Roses Small Batch it comes in tasting more like the 4R Small Batch than it does the traditional Bulleit. The extra maturity definitely shows in this bourbon and in addition to the more robust flavor the extra age has mellowed out the mild astringency I typically find in Bulleit. With the original I always find that I’m bored with it after the first glass and don’t want a second, but that’s not the case here. The 10 is something I could drink all night at an event or party.
Overall I do like this bourbon and if you haven’t tried it you should. It is more balanced and has a bolder rounder flavor than it’s younger counter part. The rich nose of buttery candy and overripe fruit combined with the more earthy wood and rye flavors make it a great sipping whiskey. The finish is a little off for my taste, but still the biggest faltering point for me is the price. If it were more in the $35 range it would be easily justified, but at the existing $45 I would rather spend $5 less and get a bottle of the Four Roses Single Barrel instead.
If you’ve had the Bulleit 10 what did you think?
Bulleit Bourbon 10 year Review
Distiller: Bulleit / Four Roses
Mash: 68% corn, 28% rye, 4% malted barley
Cherries and rye come skipping out of the glass with caramel, some overripe dark fruit, buttery toffee, oak and a mild citrus drifting in behind them. It’s a very pleasant aroma.
On the palate the notes flip around a bit with the rye and wood leading the procession of dark fruit, caramel, citrus, cinnamon, leather and a hint of vanilla. Again, it’s very pleasant and being rather similar to the Four Roses Small Batch it’s hard not to like it.
More mellow than the regular offering it still has enough bite and texture to keep things interesting.
It has a long woody finish that is punctuated with notes of rye, pepper and caramel coffee syrup.
*This sample was graciously provided to me by Bulleit’s PR agency.