Review: Bulleit Bourbon

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I love the Bulleit guys. I have honestly never met friendlier people in the course of my travels. Gracious, honest, and plain spoken, I’d drink Bulleit even if it tasted like swill just because I think it would make me a better person.

Fortunately, Bulleit’s “Frontier Whiskey” is plenty good going down the hatch. Bulleit calls it “reminiscent of our frontier heritage.” To be sure, it’s an honest, old-school, rough-around-the-edges bourbon with a real kick. It’s also a 90 proof gut-puncher (crafted from a 175-year-old recipe) that gives off the flavor of its charred oak barrels more than anything else: Bulleit spends six years-plus in those barrels, making it a woody and well-charred quaff, but a more approachable one if tempered a touch with water.

Bulleit makes for a great blending whiskey with strong mixers like Coke, but it is less exciting when served neat. The barrel is just too overpowering for my tastes, making it hard to pick up much complexity; I prefer more sweetness in straight whiskey than Bulleit gives you. But if you like that heavy smoke-‘n’-oak flavor, this is your concoction, bubby. (Damn if I don’t love that bottle, too.)

90 proof.


Bulleit Bourbon



Review: Bulleit Bourbon


  1. Peter Strid on June 24, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Great review. Very funny and true. I like the Bulleit enough to paint a picture of the bottle:

  2. KP on May 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I really have to disagree. I much prefer Bulleit straight, sans coke or even water. Perhaps the more recent batches are just less smokey?

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