Bulleit Single Malt Review

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Bulleit Single Malt surprised whiskey enthusiasts with its sudden appearance. Aged in new oak barrels and offering notes of honey, caramel, and malt, it leans heavily on grainy and earthy flavors. While enjoyable, the balance falls short compared to other American single malts that I have tried. Want to know more? Read our full review!
American Single Malt Whiskey
Frontier Whiskey
90 proof
Non-Age Stated
Bottled By The Bulleit Distilling Co
Louisville, KY
MSRP: ~60

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Bulleit Single Malt Is Here!

Bulleit Single Malt pretty much just appeared out of the blue a few days ago. No press release. No social media posts. There’s not even any information on the Bulleit website as of yet.

Little Information Is Available – Bulleit Single Malt Review

The bottle label says: “Made with 100% malted barley and aged in new American oak barrels.” Many of the online retailers also have text saying “Bulleit Single Malt is made with a Bulleit-curated malt barley strain aged in white oak barrels.” So, for now, that’s really all we know.

Regarding the whiskey’s origin, the label says only “Bottled By The Bulleit Distilling Co. in Louisville, KY”. However, there is no mention of where distillation took place. If the TTB labeling rules are being followed, if the bottling location is given and the spirit is distilled in that same state, then the exact location of distillation does not need to be stated. Therefore, Bulleit Single Malt was presumably distilled in Kentucky. There are rumors that it was distilled by MGP, but that should not be the case. So, where in Kentucky was this distilled? We can only guess.

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Tasting Notes – Bulleit American Single Malt Whiskey Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Dry husky graininess, earthy/musty; light smokiness, mild honey sweetness; light, but fairly rich, caramel; mild tart orange later on; fairly mild alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Mild honey sweetness, light caramel, mild maltiness; mild tannins and capsaicin spice later on; graininess not as pronounced as in the nose
👉🏻Finish: Graininess becomes more pronounced again; maltiness is more evident; mild tannins, moderate capsaicin spice grows; mild smoke and char appear later and linger, with dryness; moderately long finish with a mild burn

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Graininess, Earthiness and Mustiness Are Dominant

In the nose, the toasted malt graininess is most notable up front. There is also a bit of an earthiness and mustiness. However, after I acclimate to those dominant flavors, there is a light honey sweetness, as well as some sweet caramel and mild tart orange. On the first day, I got a bit of milk chocolate in the nose as well, but I couldn’t find that later on. The alcohol vapor is fairly mild.

The taste has continued husky graininess, but less so than on the nose. There is a mild honey sweetness and mild tannins. Some maltiness becomes evident, with light caramel. There is a capsaicin spice which builds in the finish. The husky graininess becomes more evident again later on, with mild maltiness. Some tannins, as well as mild char, and smokiness remain at the end, leaving me with quite a bit of dryness, lingering spice and light smoke on my tongue.

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Bulleit Single Malt Review
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Overall, Bulleit Single Malt has a character that I have come to expect from many American single malts. However, the amount of grainy and husky flavors throughout are somewhat more pronounced than in many of the others, and balance is lacking. When all is said and done, I think some of the other American single malts that I have tried provide a better combination of flavors. Interestingly, in my Clermont Steep review, I discussed how grain forward that single malt was. However, when I compare it with the Bulleit Single Malt, the Clermont Steep is more balanced with a nice complement of additional flavors. Also, the grain notes in Clermont Steep have a bit more maltiness, rather than the more pronounced husky, earthy, musty graininess of the Bulleit.

Have you tried Bulleit Single Malt, or do you know anything more about it? Let me know! Cheers!🥃

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