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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Bulleit 95 Rye Frontier Whiskey Review

Welcome to the review for Bulleit 95 Rye Frontier Whiskey

Manufacturer: Diagio

Age: Unknown

Location Produced: MGP, Lawrenceburg, IN

Mash Bill: 95% rye, 5% malted barley

Aroma (from manufacturer): Rich and oaky

Taste (from manufacturer): Smooth, with hints of vanilla, honey, and spice

Finish (from manufacturer): Crisp and clean, with long, lingering flavors

Alcohol: 45%

Who is this for?: This rye is for people who want a good tasting whiskey at a very reasonable price. I would also recommend for newcomers to the whiskey world.

This is a great drink on the rocks or for the more sophisticated bourbon and whiskey mixed drinks.

Cost (Ohio): $23.99 + tax for 750ml, $28.99 + tax for 1 liter (best deal)

Let's start the review!

Taste -  Score 27 out of 35

I started with a 1.5 oz pour over a single ice cube to help bring out the flavor. On the nose, I'm getting an inviting aroma that smells of what I would expect a whiskey to smell like with lots of caramel. When I asked the duchess for her opinion, she got hints of nutmeg and said it smells like bourbon. I'm taking that as a positive. Friend of the blog, Matty, picked up hints of vanilla and pine and oak.

For the taste, this is a very drinkable rye that goes down fairly easy with a distinct flavor. My go-to on this is straight on the rocks. 

Smoothness/Finish - Score 20 out of 25

I think it's widely accepted that rye whiskeys tend to be smoother than the traditional bourbon (bourbon's are required to be 51% corn) but may not offer the unique flavors that bourbon can bring out. Bulleit Rye is no exception to that. This is incredibly drinkable and smooth.

I found the Bulleit Rye to have a medium to long finish that doesn't come across as overpowering. The finish stays the perfect amount to allow the drinker ample time to properly enjoy.

Intangibles: Color/Appearance -  Score 10 out of 15.

Bulleit Rye comes in with a rich color that comes in on the darker side. In the picture below, I compared it to a bottle of Town Branch on the left (Bulleit was darker) and Buffalo Trace on the right (Bulleit was slightly lighter).

The glass bottle has 'Bulleit Rye Frontier Whiskey' as part of the glass bottle, which is a nice touch. The labeling isn't anything that necessarily stands out or is overly distinctive. There are no batch or barrel numbers listed either.

Availability - Score 5 out of 5

This is one of the most readily available whiskeys that I've come across. The only issue is some stores only carry the 750 and not the cheaper per ml liter

Overall Value - Score 17.5 out of 20

You'll be hard pressed to find a more flavorful whiskey for the price of Bulleit Rye. This has quickly become my go-to for if I want a quality, consistent, flavorful drink. At $28 for the liter, this is the best value I've come across so far in Ohio. 

Final Score: 79.5 out of 100

Note: This review was done by Mark, with help from The Duchess and Matty G. The bottle was purchased at Giant Eagle on Neil Avenue, in beautiful, Columbus, OH

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