I got an e-mail recently offering me a sample of Bulleit rye. I’m a fan of Bulleit’s bourbon so of course I agreed. It’s supposed to hit shelves in March, at least in this area, but it was cool to have a chance to try it early.
I was expecting a different bottle but I have to admit, it was pretty cool to get a sample bottle like this (and I’m sure to reuse it later). The Bulleit rye is 45% ABV, so 90 proof, with a 95% rye mash bill.
I’m not the best taster in the world. I tried it first straight then with a bit of water.
I found it rather spicy, with a hint of floral and sweetness to it. It had a lot of rye flavor to it which is one of the things I liked about the Bulleit bourbon. Adding water to it I thought it tasted sweeter.
Since I’ve got a few different ryes, I decided to try it against some other ones. I have a bottle of Redemption rye, at nearly the same proof (92 proof for it) and the same mash bill in terms of rye content (95%). The Bulleit I found was more aggressive and spicy than the Redemption, which I found rather sweet.
I also compared it to Templeton rye, a bottle of which I have from 2008 and runs 80 proof. According to what I’ve read online here, the Templeton goes about 90% rye in the mash bill. It’s similarly spicy, though I preferred the Bulleit overall.
I’d like to do more tests to compare them, but I made a small miscalculation. I sort of drank all the Bulleit rye so far.
So I’ll have to wait until I can buy a bottle of it and compare it in some cocktails!