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Bulleit's First Age Statement Bourbon

Jack Bettridge
Posted: April 5, 2013

Bulleit is showing its age.

The Bourbon that debuted in 1987 and added a straight rye whiskey in 2011 has recently brought out a 10-year-old Bourbon. Bulleit 10 is the company's first age-statement liquor.

Founder Tom Bulleit is calling the Bourbon a "limited offering," made from a small number of barrels set aside to see how they would develop. The plan, he said, is to make it available as long as the supply lasts.

The whiskey shares the same mashbill as the original Bulleit and differs only slightly in proof (91.2 as opposed to 90). Bulleit has said that the non-age-statement Bourbon is a mixture of whiskey from five to eight years old.

Bulleit's high-rye-content mashbill (68 percent corn, 28 percent rye and 4 percent barley) is said by Bulleit to be inspired by whiskey made by his great-great-grandfather Augustus Bulleit. However, the current incarnation is contracted from Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, after having been made for a number of years at what is now called Buffalo Trace Distillery. After distillation it is then shipped to be aged elsewhere in Kentucky rickhouses owned by Diageo, owner of the Bulleit brand. (The Bulleit straight rye is made at another location in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where Diageo also makes its new George Dickel Rye.)

The new Bourbon proves to be a another strong—if expensive—offering from Bulleit.

(Cigar pairings on next page)

Bulleit 10 (91.2 proof, or 45.6 percent alcohol by volume, $44.99 for a 750 ml bottle)

APPEARANCE: Medium-dark amber, with red tint. Pays out excruciatingly slow, small teardrop legs.

NOSE: Hides its identity for a moment. Enters with very candied fruity aromas-orange and pears-goes a bit floral and then breaks out the vanilla and maple note that say Bourbon.

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Spence Harris April 15, 2013 3:29pm ET

Love this bourbon!! I love smoking a mild to medium cigar with this!!!

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