Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon Review

A bourbon aged for 10 years should mellow its flavors just a bit and take on some oak. For Bulleit, spice remains king. Read our Bulleit 10 Year Old Bourbon Review for more details.

Bulleit Bourbon Aged 10 years
Frontier Whiskey
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bulleit Distilling Co.
91.2 proof
MSRP: $39.99
Review

Please enjoy our Bulleit 10 Year Old Bourbon review by Ray Marcano

Bulleit Bourbon Aged 10 Years

A bourbon aged for 10 years should mellow its flavors just a bit and take on some oak. For Bulleit, spice remains king.

History

The Bulleit Distilling Co. has an interesting backstory. Between 1830 and 1860, the tavern keeper Augustus Bulleit made a high-rye bourbon. Bulleit disappeared without a trace while transporting his product from Kentucky to New Orleans. His disappearance remains a mystery to this day. Fast forward to 1987, and his great-great grandson, Thomas E. Bulleit Jr., left his successful law practice to revive the family bourbon by starting the Bulleit Distilling Company, according to the Bulleit website.

Mash Bill

Corn: 68%
Rye: 28%
Malted barley: 4%

Tasting Notes – Bulleit 10 Year Old Bourbon

Let’s taste it:
🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉Nose: Pepper, grain, citrus, honey, cherry
👉Taste: Pepper, cloves, vanilla, oak
👉Finish: Rye, pepper, cloves, oak

Summary

This is a strange one. I would think a 10-year bourbon would have a little more oak, even one that has such a high-rye content. But it doesn’t. Really, it’s hard to tell much difference between the “regular” Bulleit and the 10-year. They’re both fine drinkers if you like the high-rye style. But really, the difference between the two seems to be the price. For me, I’ll save the $15 or so and buy the lower-priced orange label.

Conclusion – Bulleit 10 Year Old Bourbon

Plenty of bourbons in the $40 range have more balance and depth than the Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey Aged 10 years. It’s not a hard pass, but it’s difficult to justify the higher price when the entry-level Bulleit has nearly the same characteristics. If you’re a collector and want to have it on your shelf, nothing wrong with that. It’ll be fun to do a blind test and see if anyone can tell the difference between the two.

Have you tried the Bulleit 10 Year Old Bourbon ? What do you think?

I hope you have enjoyed our Bulleit 10 Year Old Bourbon review by Ray Marcano. Ray publishes a free monthly newsletter, The Bourbon Resource. You can subscribe here. If you would like to read a review about another Bulleit Bourbon, check out our Bulleit Blenders’ Select Bourbon Review, or learn more about the Bulleit Distillery from our Bulleit Visitor Experience and Bulleit Distillery Review!

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