Bulleit Bour­bon: Fron­tier Whiskey

Exquisite Taste - - Contents - By Chris­tian Gal­braith (bulleit.com )

Dis­cover more about the his­tory of Bulleit Bour­bon, a dis­tinc­tive Ken­tucky whiskey that was first launched in 1987 and has grown to be­come one of the de­fault pre­mium bour­bons stocked by lead­ing bar­tenders all over the world.

Bulleit Bour­bon is a dis­tinc­tive Ken­tucky whiskey that has, since its launch in 1987, grown to be­come one of the de­fault pre­mium bour­bons stocked by lead­ing bar­tenders through­out the re­gion. A com­plex, ap­proach­able and silky whiskey crafted to be savoured on its own or over a chunk of ice, its lay­ered com­plex­ity also makes it the per­fect com­po­nent for a va­ri­ety of creative and clas­sic cock­tails.

The com­mer­cial story began in 1987 when Thomas E. Bulleit, Jr. risked ev­ery­thing to ful­fill his life­long dream of re­viv­ing the an­cient fam­ily bour­bon recipe and opened the Bulleit Dis­till­ing Com­pany, in­spired by his great-great-grand­fa­ther Au­gus­tus Bulleit, who made a high-rye whiskey be­tween 1830 and 1860.

A tav­ern keeper in 1830s Louisville, Ken­tucky, Au­gus­tus Bulleit was ded­i­cated to a sin­gle goal: the cre­ation of a bour­bon with a unique flavour and, af­ter count­less ex­per­i­ments, he fi­nally set­tled on the bour­bon recipe that in­spired Tom over 150 years later.

The recipe might well have pro­duced a

19th cen­tury whiskey empire but Au­gus­tus mys­te­ri­ously van­ished in 1860 while trans­port­ing his bour­bon from Ken­tucky to New Or­leans and his de­lec­ta­ble mas­ter­piece was al­most lost for­ever, had it not been for Tom’s in­her­ited pas­sion.


The sub­tlety and com­plex­ity of Bulleit Bour­bon is de­rived from its blend of rye, corn and bar­ley malt, along with spe­cial strains of yeast and pure Ken­tucky lime­stone-fil­tered wa­ter. Ag­ing is in charred Amer­i­can oak bar­rels that add a sub­tle smoky char­ac­ter. Due to its es­pe­cially high rye con­tent, Bulleit Bour­bon has a bold, spicy char­ac­ter with a fin­ish that’s dis­tinc­tively clean and smooth. Taken on its own, the palate is smooth with tones of maple, oak and nut­meg with a long, dry fin­ish and a light tof­fee flavour. Medium am­ber in colour it fea­tures com­plex spici­ness and sweet oak aro­mas mak­ing Bulleit Bour­bon the per­fect com­po­nent for en­tic­ing clas­sic cock­tails.


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