Bulleit Frontier Whiskey (Bourbon) Barrel Strength

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By Father John Rayls

Rating B+

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is bottled by Stitzel-Weller in Louisville, KY. It is a good everyday drinking whiskey. However, the actual distiller is currently unknown to the public. There has been speculation that it actually comes from 4 Roses due to previously revealed contracts with the distillery that imageare no longer in effect. It’s made from a mashbill comprised of two thirds corn and one third rye. Bulleit is one of the best known bourbons because it can be found in most bars and is used to mix many bourbon cocktails. It seems that Bulleit marketing has built a very unique partnership with local bartenders and Bulleit appears to be listening to its partners. It is well known to be a moderately priced whiskey. This new barrel strength offering will show up with an abv of somewhere between 59.0% to 62.5%.  This is a 5 – 8 year old NAS Bourbon.  In 1987, Thomas Bulleit began producing Bulleit Frontier Whiskey in honor of his great great grandfather (Augustus) who pioneered an unusually high rye bourbon in the 1830’s looking for a unique flavor profile. Today it is a very popular very drinkable whiskey that goes well in many venues.

The unique bottle adds to an old image of this modern whiskey. It has a beautiful dark coppery color in the bottle and the glass. In the glass, light reflecting off the whiskey highlights the gold tints that are readily apparent. The legs appear to be long, but they are thin and drain quickly to the bottom. The aromas include sweet cedar, cereal and caramel and a nice overall woodiness. At 119.2 proof, there is some very slight alcohol burn on the nose.

The taste is a very interesting oak and caramel with some light maple on top. The rye brings some light spiciness to the palate leading to a long dry finish. Most of the action begins at mid-mouth moves very subtlety to the back and roof of the mouth before returning to mid-mouth with a real presence. The finish is almost entirely back where it all started. This is a whiskey that needs to be sipped slowly to appreciate all of its nuance. There is a satin feel to this whiskey that is appealing even though I prefer a little edge to my drink; although, it does drink just very slightly hot.

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is available in both the traditional 750ml bottle and the 375ml bottle. It is priced at 49.99 and 29.99 respectively, but is initially being offered in Kentucky alone. However, I expect it to be available nationally due to its expected popularity and the distillery’s connection to its partners. This is an interesting, easy drinking, flavorful barrel strength whiskey. This is the best of the Bulleit offerings. You should definitely consider adding this to your collection for cocktails and everyday sipping.

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