No, this post is not about ammunition, it is about Bourbon. While perusing the ABC store in search of a less expensive Bourbon to use in my Bourbon And Ginger I spied a bottle of Bulleit and decided for 24 beans to give it a whirl.
The bottle appeared to be something from the Old West with a medicine bottle look which certainly set it apart from the crowd. The liquor is 90 proof and when the corked cap emerges from the bottle you can detect a strong waft of alcohol mixed with boozy Bourbon. The charred oak aromatics are not as strong as with some Bourbons, and it has a decidedly floral and citrusy note. As I purchased this beauty for mixing I found it has a sweeter flavor of honey in my ginger concoction as opposed to the Basil Hayden I had used prior to finding this less expensive alternative. (FWIW – I like the Basil over ice for sipping, and have not given Bulleit a chance to grace my presence in the same manner.) I find the nose to have roses and oak with more fresh cut spring flowers in tow. The flavor is very smooth and with the honey character is far too easy to consume.
From the website:
Bulleit Bourbon is made by following the small-batch technique inspired by Augustus Bulleit over 150 years ago. Only the highest quality ingredients are used. Bulleit Bourbon’s subtlety and complexity stem from its unique blend of rye, corn and barley malt, along with special strains of yeast. Because Bulleit Bourbon is especially high in rye content, it has a bold and spicy character with a distinctively smooth, clean finish.
The high rye content of Bulleit and the importance of the rye as an ingredient inspired Tom Bulleit to work on a 95% Rye launched in 2011. The Rye is spicy and complex, with the signature smooth finish unique to the Bulleit Brand.
So IMHO Bulleit is a hit for mixing, might not be my first choice for having over ice, but would certainly scratch the itch in a pinch!