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Bulleit Bourbon Single Barrel, What a Pleasant Surprise!

 
Review by Mark Pringle |
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80 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of Bulleit Bourbon Single Barrel

Well, this Bulleit Bourbon Single Barrel at 104 proof was a delightful surprise. Cinnamon spice dominates the palate and the nose, with a mild sweetness underneath. This is a nice spicy neat drinker.

I had been sitting on this bottle for a while, and that was a mistake. I guess I had a wrong perception of Bulleit bourbons. This is better than the last 6 or 7 new bottles I’ve opened. Clearly, I waited too long.

Rating: 80

Nose
85
Palate
85
Finish
82
Uniqueness
78
Value
72

Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour

Detailed Tasting Notes

Nose Review - Rating: 85

Right off the bat, a very nice caramel spice aroma with an underlying head of ethanol. After about half a minute, the ethanol smell dissipates, and mild cinnamon comes to the front. The nose is very nice; again, the cinnamon spice is not overpowering yet dominates the nose. After taking a couple of sips and then letting it sit for a while, robust sweet caramel vanilla comes to the forefront.

Palate Review - Rating: 85

This is one of those Bourbons where the palate is a reflection of the nose. Remember those cinnamon red hot candies when you were a child? The palate is a mild version of that. Again, just like the nose, cinnamon spice dominates the palate. Very nice. The mouthfeel is unexpected. It looks a little thin to the eyes, but it has almost a medium viscosity and a slight buttery weight.

Finish Review - Rating: 82

The finish has a very mild oak and baking spice that lingers at a very low level for a while.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 78

If you like Wild Turkey Rare Breed or want something more refined and less brazen than Old Grand Dad 114, then this is what you are looking for.

Value Review - Rating: 72

The retail may be a few dollars too high, but when a bourbon tastes good, the price becomes less of a concern.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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