There is rye, and then there is rye. Bulleit Rye Whiskey certainly brings the rye to the table. They do such a good job of it that we can forgive them for the almost unpardonable sin of distilling their whiskey in Indiana. In the spirit of fairness, lots of other good things came out of Indiana like the gasoline pump, the dishwasher, and the push mower. Fortunately for Bulleit Rye Whiskey, this stuff is just so good that I do not care where they make it.
The people behind Bulleit took the whole rye part of this seriously, using a 95% rye mash (with the rest being barely). This leads to a rye that is incredibly spicy, with strong tobacco and a little fruit. On the finish, there is a lingering cinnamon. This is good stuff, though it is not for those drinkers who like an incredibly sweet whiskey.
I’m a big fan of Bulleit Rye Whiskey. It provides a great counterpoint to the incredibly sweet whiskeys of today. It is a great choice for many a cocktail as well, though it goes down so well neat that it almost seems like a shame to mix it with anything. At less than $30 a bottle, you’re getting a deal here.