Excerpt: What the extra aging does to the old Bulleit profile is bring the barrel char out more, enhancing it by adding some dryness to the whiskey. So, if you like your bourbon with barrel char, this is a bottle to keep on your shelf.
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Distilled by an undisclosed distiller for Bulleit, this release is bottled at 45.6% ABV and age stated at 10 years old. For roughly $40, this release is well positioned in the market to compete with things like Russell's Reserve 10yr, Eagle Rare 10yr, etc and can be found pretty widely. No word on coloring or filtering. Let's dive in.
Powerful and spicy. Brown sugar, baking spice, peppery. Musty, funky, fruity with loads of maple candies. Impressively enticing.
Medium mouthfeel, plenty of viscosity for 45% ish ABV. Baking spice, brown sugar, custard, creme brulee and hefty oak. Lots going on here, impressively so.
Long finish, loads of maple candies, tobacco, creme brulee and rich buttercream.
Honestly, this is the sleeper of the year. I can't believe I waited this long to seriously dive into it. If you can't find Eagle Rare any longer and want a touch more oak: this is the ticket. Russell's Reserve too thin and pedestrian? This is a winner. Complex, oaky, dessert forward and plenty of baking spice make this an absolute sleeper of a pour.
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