Bulleit 95 Rye

Like adventurous Indiana Jones

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26th May 2015

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About this score:

  • Nose: 22
  • Taste: 21
  • Finish: 22
  • Balance: 21

The average score for this whisky is 86.

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Tasting Notes by Rantavahti

This Bulleit comes from MGP of Indiana from Lawrenceburg. Since they call it frontier whiskey and the taste is bold, I'll call it Indiana Jones of whiskey.

95% rye and 5% malted barley promises a good dram and that's what this rye is. Even though it doesn't rise to greatness. Fresh and adventurous it is.

Nose: Fresh with spices, herbs and rye notes. Tobacco in a sophisticated way. Nose is the most delicate part.

Taste: Sweet and smooth, yet with rough and strong rye. Tropical citrus notes, crispy lemon is present. Bit peppery and even though strong and spicy, still it manages to be smooth.

Finish: Warming spices with fresh minty notes. Taste of cinnamon feels good.

Balance: Nice whiskey, which mixes sweetness and fresh breeze with powerful rye.


Whisky details







Old Sauternes



Victor wrote:

Thanks very much for your review, @Rantavahti. I see your references to spices and citrus, but not to dark fruits. Your bottle sounds very much like my first bottle of Bulleit 95 Rye.

I did the very first Connosr review of Bulleit 95 Rye 50 months ago, and gave it the exact same score that you did. Please take a look at the comment trail of my review. If your bottle is similar to mine, you may find it attaining outrageous and delightful levels of both nasal and palatal DARK fruitiness--black cherries, plums, grapes--after it is open for very long periods of time. After that long wait I finally understood why Jim Murray went so ape-shit over Bulleit Rye. Before that time my bottle continued to have some lingering locked-up-flavour types of features, and I was scratching my head over some people's extreme levels of enthusiasm for Bulleit Rye.

I recently sampled for the first time the 50% ABV James E. Pepper 1776 Rye, another MGP product. That one has the huge dark fruit bouquet available early after the bottle is opened.

26 May 2015 14:27

Rantavahti wrote:

Thanks @Victor. My first impression was actually even better than the score I gave but somehow Bulleit Rye didn't feel as good as the first kick of rye it gave me. It's funny how I always like the first shot of newly opened bottle (is the term "bad bottleneck" in English? That's what we use in Finnish) unlike my whisky buddies here in Finland. Or at least they pretend not to like it...

But yes, I do believe it will get better as you say. I have to try not to enjoy too much my open bottle so that I can enjoy it even more later on. Looking forward on getting those dark notes!

26 May 2015 18:47

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