Bulleit Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bulleit Straight Bourbon Whiskey

(0.75l, 43%)


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The amber elixir of the Frontier.

It's the 1830s, Louisville, Kentucky. America only has 26 states, Chicago is just a small town, and Louisville was a growing city and a major port. Augustus Bulleit was a tavern keeper and a dreamer. He wanted to create a bourbon unique in flavor. Through trial and error, and hazy afternoons, behold: he came upon a Bourbon he'd been looking for. Then, one day, with a wagon full of his new concoction headed to New Orleans, he disappears. His precious recipe almost gone as well.

Fast-forward to 1987 when Augustus's great-great-grandson Tom (also a dreamer) decided to recreate the golden Spirit. He aged a small batch of the 'white dog' for six years in heavily charred barrels. Then, he took old-school medicine bottles with raised lettering and brown tinted glass and filled them up with this reanimated Phoenix.

Bulleit's Bourbon is a subtle and complex blend of rye, corn, and barley malt. They are washed in pure limestone filtered water and enriched with special strains of yeast. This Bourbon is bold and spicy with a clean and smooth finish. Expect sweet oak aromas with tones of maple. Feel like a frontier explorer with this amber elixir.
  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Bourbon
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

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spicy
orange
maple
tobacco
oak
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rye
caramel
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Orange, oak and notes of vanilla. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Orange, spices and maple with a hint of tobacco sensation.

Finish
Smooth and spicy.
Ratings & Reviews
Derrell
Derrell,
this is a solid bourbon, and probably my favorite at its price point (better than buffalo trace in my opinion)
 
Jessica
Jessica,
Picked up my first bottle of this over the holiday weekend and its now my favorite in my personal bar. Makes an incredible old fashioned and for the price, I will always always have a bottle on hand.
 
Mark
Mark,
Simple. My go to on a budget.
 
Jason
Jason,
smooth and great flavor.
 
Justin
Justin,
Great in between drink on ice or mixed
 
Shaun
Shaun,
Smooth and enjoyable
 
Shaun
Shaun,
Smooth
 
Tyler
Tyler,
SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS!!
 
Nick
Nick,
Spice forward with a hint of citrus.
 
NAOMI
NAOMI,
This is a SMOOTH bourbon either on the rocks or neat. I love it either way. It's my go to when 1792 isn't available.
 
Jones
Jones,
Solid offering for the price
 
guest
guest,
This is my go to, simple and smooth
 
Andrew
Andrew,
An excellent bourbon to keep in the bar. Wonderful with a couple cubes and a splash of water. Outstanding value for the price.
 
Cory
Cory,
A favorite mixer
 
Rocky
Rocky,
Good whiskey for the price.
 
Julie
Julie,
My absolute favorite bourbon. I love it straight up or in a mixed drink. I always keep it in my bar.
 
Chris
Chris,
Classic bourbon flavors. Good mouthfeel
 
Mike
Mike,
As everyone says. A solid bourbon. Not too complex but nice rye spice. Makes a great old fashioned.
 
John
John,
Love it !! Been a favorite for a while for both my wife and I
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Just solid. great for mixing at this price range but can drink on the rocks also
 
Jessica
Jessica,
A go to for old fashions
 
guest
guest,
Not my favorite. Interesting flavor that I can’t quite describe. Not a typical bourbon nor anything to right home about.
 
Dan
Dan,
It's OK. Probably best for use in mixed drinks as I think there are better bourbons out there at the same or lower cost.
 
Douglas
Douglas,
Solid Bourbon for Manhattans and Old Fashioneds
 
Bradley
Bradley,
Bulleit has a high rye content for a bourbon and this is my go to when I make an Old Fashioned. One of the best bangs for the buck out there.
 
Mike
Mike,
One of the best everyday bourbons for the money. Great In a simple old fashioned. Love the high rye content. Tastes like Four Roses.
 
James
James,
Easily one of my “go-to” bourbons for the money. Fantastic as a base for a cocktail or on the rocks. A great value bourbon.
 
Angel
Angel,
Great budget bourbon. Would happily serve to guests. Wouldn't call it my go to though. A little more licorice then I would like but worth the time to explore.
 
guest
guest,
This has been my favorite whiskey so far for the lower price point. Very smooth sweet and vanilla notes.
 
Zacheus
Zacheus,
A little sweeter than I prefer
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Nose vanilla, caramel Taste wood caramel spice Finish metallic sweet
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Good, but the notes are similar to better whiskeys I have tried in the past. I will note however, that this is by far one of the best whiskey's to make an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan with
 
James
James,
My favorite bourbon, great with a splash of water.
 
Kelly
Kelly,
One of my go tos. Middle ground with the right amount of bite
 
Darren
Darren,
A great bourbon - rich, flavorful, complex. A little strong neat but great on rocks or in a cocktail.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
My favorite bourbon for mixing. Somewhat rough for sipping neat, but makes a perfect Old-fashioned or Manhattan.
 
Lee
Lee,
Good mixer. A few steps above jack
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Not very good. Do not want again.
 
Kirk
Kirk,
Very smooth but still has a bite.
 
Sean
Sean,
My first love
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Vanilla, caramel candy, and allspice are first on the palate, orange and potpourri carry it’s way into the short and smooth finish. Reminiscent of an old-fashioned cocktail. In the 1830s, a tavern-keeper in Louisville, Kentucky named Augustus Bulleit began experimenting with different recipes in order to create a unique bourbon. At the time, it was common for bartenders and salon-owners to create their own whiskies — they often added caramel, tobacco or rock candy in order to produce their signature drinks. After countless trials, Bulleit finally settled on a recipe that produced the perfect bourbon.

In the 1860s, Bulleit disappeared while transporting a few of his maturing casks of bourbon from Kentucky to New Orleans. Over a century later, Tom Bulleit — Augustus' great-great grandson — inherited the family recipe and began producing Bulleit Bourbon. "We have a distilling tradition in the family," says Bulleit. "It seems kind of odd that one would have a family recipe for bourbon, but in our part of Kentucky everyone has one." Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is crafted from a mash of corn, rye and malted barley. After the grains are harvested, they are mashed and fermented with a unique strain of family yeast. Following fermentation, the wash is distilled through a copper still before being matured in charred American oak casks for six to eight years. "Once we're done with the barrels, they're sent over to Johnnie Walker where they'll age the blended scotches," says Bulleit. "There's a difference between aging and maturity, and we'll never bottle whiskey until it's ready to reach the customer," says Bulleit.
 
Greg
Greg,
Grapes and wine notes. Finish tastes bitter sweet. Not recommended for sipping on the rocks or neat -- an average bourbon that is decent for mixed drinks.
 
Charlotte
Charlotte,
I prefer Buffalo Trace at this price point but Bulleit is always a decent choice.
 
Alexander
Alexander,
Favorite way to drink is with coke. Makes the best bourbon and coke I've had.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Good tasting sipping bourbon. Just a basic bottle at a good price, I was more impressed with old elk for an everyday price to taste combination.
 
Jordon
Jordon,
Love it my favorite old fashioned mixer bourbon
 
Thomas
Thomas,
good for everyday, nothing complex but easy to drink
 
JARED
JARED,
The go-to. Versatile. Good as mix, on the rocks, and neat.
 
Ben
Ben,
My personal go-to for smoked old fashions
 
Matthew
Matthew,
A go to. Easy drinking, sets the bar.
 
Chris
Chris,
Always a good daily option
 
Jim
Jim,
always good
 
Steve
Steve,
For me it is not a neat drinking Bourbon, in a mix its good
 
Sujoy
Sujoy,
Old reliable. Not the best but will not disappoint.
 
Ian
Ian,
Right price reliable.
 
Chris
Chris,
This is THE go-to volume bourbon. You can pour this freely at a party and mix at will. Its a great value at $25. Is it the best bourbon in the world? No. Is it the best bourbon at $25? Yes. And its not SO SO good that I feel guilty not drinking it neat. It gets a great rating for a great value.
 
Jarod
Jarod,
A little sweet, crisp, strong. This is my go-to default bourbon. You can't get a better American whiskey for the price.
 
guest
guest,
Solid
 
Kyle
Kyle,
This is my go-to outstanding bourbon. Unlike others, it does not need to breathe even though it gets even better after 10-15 minutes of exposure. I love it neat or on the rocks and it has just the right amount of vanilla-tobacco-spice ratio. The nose is vanilla/oak heavy with notes of cinnamon and carries a distinctive caramel root. It is sweet without being too syrupy and has a leather/tobacco undercurrent that lingers pleasantly. It is the liquor that holds up and is always in my cabinet. So far, it is the perfect bourbon for me. Excellent, rich, and vibrant.
 
lawrence
lawrence,
Excellent
 
Luis
Luis,
For a whiskey noob, this is strong neat, on the rocks i smell cinnamon, don’t love the flavor. Need to try again once my tastebuds adapt.
 
Blake
Blake,
Nose: fruity, vanilla Taste: quintessential cherry and vanilla, 'bourbon' through-and-through Finish: slightly bold, but not long-lasting
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
So smooth, has to be the best Bourbon I've had so far.
 
Brittany
Brittany,
It’s the perfect blend! It’s smooth as soon as it touches your tongue and as it slides down your throat
 
Glenn
Glenn,
Sweet, caramel, maple, oak and spicy. My go to for an old fashioned on the rocks or Manhattan straight up!
 
Robert
Robert,
My go to Bourbon.
 
Dermot
Dermot,
Very good, smooth
 
Alessio
Alessio,
my favorite
 
Todd
Todd,
Great for making Old Fashioned.
 
Dan
Dan,
really like it. This is my go-to drink. I usually try it on the rocks. It has a smooth, slightly sweet initial taste with a spicy finish.
 
Kristopher
Kristopher,
Tastes best in a Norlan glass and a single rock.
 
Mike
Mike,
It’s a staple at my house
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Go to bar whiskey
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Inoffensive, but nothing special. A good stock spirit / better well.
 
Ray
Ray,
Spicy with some sweet finishing flavors.
 
Brett
Brett,
Smooth
 
Daniel
Daniel,
This is my go-to. Good bourbon for the price
 
Daniel
Daniel,
This bourbon has an initial lightness on the palate that eventually develops into a more complex richness that I really appreciate. Highly recommend for a budget bourbon.
 
Jason
Jason,
Solid bourbon for the price
 
Jarod
Jarod,
Easy to drink, affordable.
 
Rickey
Rickey,
9.5
 
Rickey
Rickey,
9.5
 
Rickey
Rickey,
Oak and smoke really a good sipping drink
 
JON
JON,
Very consistent flavor without a harsh aftertaste. I have yet to be disappointed by a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
You have to love Rye and...it’s not for me.
 
Connor
Connor,
I really love this bourbon... very nice to come back to as my home base.
 
Jason
Jason,
Smooth to drink on the rocks or with a splash of diet coke. One of my favorites.
 
Alaina
Alaina,
This is my second favorite right now. Smooth taste, and non-aggressive after taste, with a kick that leaves you feeling relaxed.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
hate it. not good.
 
Erik
Erik,
Right out of the bottle, it smacks me in the face. Burns a bit. Once I can get it on the rocks and toned down a bit, it is much better, for me. Not a big fire down below kind of drinker and Bulleit is a lot of fire, initially. Not as smooth as some of the other bourbons I have had, but not terrible. I like it a lot, but just after it mixes a bit with the ice cube.
 
Tom
Tom,
I used to think this was a better bourbon. Not anymore. Tastes like Kerosene light.
 
Scott
Scott,
Enjoyed this.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Love this
 
David
David,
Another Go to for me, its a simpler bourbon but great for sharing with perhaps first time bourbon drinkers.
 
Paul
Paul,
Just enough roasty bite to make it interesting; overall sweet middle of the road bourbon, but drinks like it should cost $10 more, great value. not very complex. A Go-to “house bourbon”; perfect for old fashioned’s and drinks easy
 
guest
guest,
First crack at bourbon. Started on a high note. Bulleit was a great first buy
 
Joby
Joby,
Nice strong bite, but not overpowering. Great for sipping
 
David
David,
Straight or mixed, it is a little spicy, less smooth. Still delicious.
 
Lance
Lance,
Great all around, every day bourbon. Whether you like it straight, a dash of water, or in cocktail, this hits the spot in every way. The oak and fire spice hits your mouth with a flavorful punch, and then recedes into a sweet vanilla-caramel after taste that lingers just long enough to make you want to go back for more.
 
guest
guest,
Bulleit is easy to drink. It’s a great bourbon to keep in your cabinet because most people like it.
 
Saul
Saul,
Love it- great for manhattans, old fashioned’s, or on the rocks.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Makes a great old fashioned
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Smooth bourbon with just a little sweetness
 
Jacob
Jacob,
My go to for making an old fashion
 
Charles
Charles,
was ok.. maybe i had the wrong bottle.I'll try again
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Smooth af. A great all-arounder for cocktails.
 
Brian
Brian,
great bottle to have around, good to sip or to mix with. also use it to flavor while cooking
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Great budget go to
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Just your average Bourbon
 
James
James,
Fav
 
George
George,
Spicy but smooth, good flavor and finish for the price.
 
Ken
Ken,
This is a smooth, full bodied bourbon that tastes good straight, on iec of with a mix. One of my favorite bourbons.
 
WESLEY
WESLEY,
I love Bulleit! It mixes better than any other bourbon in my opinion. Also, has great flavor if you drink it neat or on ice. For $25 I cant think of a better value.
 
Scott
Scott,
pretty damn good, makes an amazing old fashioned
 
Tom
Tom,
This is a solid bourbon and one my wife will actual order by name. Makes a quality mixer but is not my go to straight up or on the rocks. Worthy to keep on the shelf though.
 
Colton
Colton,
Good for cocktails
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Bulleit Bourbon (and the Rye) is my go-to for pretty much anything, It's a great whiskey at a great price and won't let you down.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Bulleit is a solid choice, I do however prefer the rye version slightly more.
 
Steve
Steve,
A decent bourbon, though there are better ones for the price.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
This is the bottle that comes out when I can't figure out exactly what I want. The old "Go Too" bottle...
 
Nick
Nick,
For the price point this is a solid bourbon, nothing to write home about but great for making mixed drinks for multiple guests.
 
Amanda
Amanda,
My go too, great taste and great price
 
Ben
Ben,
My preferred premium bourbon at value
 
Lourdes
Lourdes,
I just tried this a couple of days ago and it is smoooooth!
 
Scott
Scott,
Smok
 
Trey
Trey,
One of the best bourbons evaaaA
 
Scott
Scott,
Good every day bourbon.
 
Jason
Jason,
Nice little bite to the finish; not my favorite bourbon but still earns a spot in my bar.
 
Israel
Israel,
One of my go-to bourbons for making Old Fashions & Sidecars. Smooth with a pleasant finish.
 
Arthur
Arthur,
I think this bourbon is a bit over-hyped but a great bourbon for the sunny- day cocktail or Wednesday nightcap. Very nice finish with a lil spice.. I don't find this to be the sweetest bourbon - which is something I prefer
 
Mark
Mark,
Not a big fan
 
Devin
Devin,
It didn’t meet my expectations but that was due to all the rave in my circle of influence. It was fine. Has a kickass finish however and for that I will return to the well.
 
guest
guest,
Pretty good
 
Jim
Jim,
Pretty much my go-to bourbon for old fashioned. Planning to do some barrel aging with this one.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
smooth finish
 
David
David,
My ricks and mixer go to.
 
Dan
Dan,
I was introduced to this a few years ago on a trip to Nashville. It's become one of my favorites.
 
Robert
Robert,
Solid bourbon, compares to Evan Williams black label. Strong, but flavorful and complex.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Delicious, hearty but smooth, go to for a good drink and a gift for friends
 
Michael
Michael,
A bit too harsh for me to drink straight. Very good flavor profile, though.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
I really like the selections from Bulleit.
 
Adam
Adam,
Good all around bourbon.
 
Jamie
Jamie,
This is my standard sipper. I like to dabble with other bottles but I always go back to Bulleit. Can’t beat it.
 
Brett
Brett,
Good first bourbon
 
Ian
Ian,
good flavor, too bad they hate the lgbtq community
 
Danielle
Danielle,
Smokey after flavor with notes of caramel and cinnamon.
 
James
James,
My go to, daily dram. Its a bourbony bourbon, that is great neat, great in a cocktail, and amazing with a cigar.
 
Derek
Derek,
Very nice, especially for the price!
 
Nikki
Nikki,
My favorite bourbon. Mellow with sweet notes.
 
Luis
Luis,
Smooth drink, but nothing spectacular.
 
Emily
Emily,
Very drinkable, inexpensive, and everyone likes it.
 
David
David,
Smooth as silk
 
Ashley
Ashley,
extremely approachable- easy to drink neat or mixed. one of my favorites!
 
Anthony
Anthony,
My every day go to bourbon. Always have a stock in my home bar.
 
Gissela
Gissela,
Not as smooth as others. Can be an every day staple drink. A hint of spice with a sweet vanilla & caramel taste that lingers. Much sweeter than I was expecting.
 
Mike
Mike,
A solid bourbon heavy on the oak. Great quality and value. I am seeking a better value since the price keeps creeping up.
 
V
V,
 
Shane
Shane,
Love it and its a staple in my cabinet!
 
Jessica
Jessica,
A steady and easy to drink bourbon.
 
Michelle
Michelle,
If you are a Knob Creek Straight Bourbon fan, like myself, this is another you would appreciate. Easy-drinking. Full-flavored. Caramel, almost rummy flavor. Definitely like that vanilla and leather scent.
 
Justin
Justin,
So far this is my favorite bourbon. Keep in mind I haven't spent more than $40 on a bottle of bourbon . . . yet. I really like the vanilla and maple flavor, the creamy feel on the tongue and slightly spicy (but not too spicy) finish that lingers just about right. This is very smooth to me and I wouldn't bother mixing it with anything. I call it dangerously easy to drink.
 
Victor
Victor,
This is a fairly good whiskey for day to day but it doesn’t have much in the way of flavor and what it does have is very simple and not complex whatsoever. I typically prefer a more complex spirit with a better body for my regular drinking. This drink was also very harsh with nothing to smooth out the edges. If you are looking for a whiskey that makes you feel like you are on the frontier this is the perfect drink.
 
PHILIP
PHILIP,
Good for price point, smooth.
 
Cody
Cody,
Decent
 
Jamie
Jamie,
Very smooth initially but with a lingering burn that increases before dying away. Love the smell, lots of vanilla notes, but the taste has a lot of bitter orange peel for me that makes it not my favorite for sipping.
 
Shay
Shay,
A solid sip, especially at its price point, and very much my style. If you like rye, though, I'd personally recommend you give Bulleit's rye a shot over this particular bottle. Either way, go for it. Can't go wrong with drinks distilled in the Four Roses distillery.
 
Jon
Jon,
Spicy start, nice finish, very drinkable
 
Michael
Michael,
didn't care for this.
 
Ian
Ian,
For this price, and to be so widely available, this is the bourbon of choice for many people. While its methods are definitely new, it's flavor is a classic and the price puts it in good company. If your local grocery or liquor store is out of their allocation of Buffalo Trace, you won't go wrong catching a Bulliet.
 
Alexander
Alexander,
Strong, spicy taste. Better over ice. Don't mix it with soda.
 
Angel
Angel,
Quite nice, spicy, vanilla, notes of caramel and citrics... good value for money!
 
Nicole
Nicole,
Very smooth palette flavor. Smooth going down, spicy when mixed. I will definitely get another one
 
Jake
Jake,
Strong smooth taste always a good way the end a day
 
Michael
Michael,
A good sipping bourbon. Little lingering burn, but vey smooth.
 
Michael
Michael,
Loved it! Great over ice.
 
Wendy
Wendy,
This was delicious! My first purchase based on Flaviar recommendations!
 
Nick
Nick,
I like this bourbon, however, it is not the smoothest. I enjoy the aromas and flavors, but I find it a little harsher than others when it comes to the after and lingering burn. Up front, very smooth though.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Tasty with a pronounced bite to begin that mellows to caramel and vanilla with a touch of wood.
 
Chris
Chris,
My go to!
 
Nikol
Nikol,
Very strong and spicy, but smooth and sweet on the tongue
 
Kris
Kris,
Four roses in a different bottle for more money....cool
 
David
David,
Less expensive all around good whiskey
 
Jonny
Jonny,
Favorite for an old fashion
 
Kacie
Kacie,
A staple in our at home bar.
 
Larry
Larry,
Smooth to the point of being flat. I would not turn down a glass, but I would not seek one out either
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Should be in your bar. Solid, inexpensive, 'everyday' bourbon.
 
Mike
Mike,
Good go-to, not super smooth but very manageable
 
Kendra
Kendra,
Like it
 
Amanda
Amanda,
Easy to drink. Good for the price-point
 
Brandon
Brandon,
I love this stuff. It has become my go-to "no special occasion, I just want something to sip on" bourbon.
 
Marc
Marc,
Nice smooth bourbon.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Easy drinking in mixed drinks or on the rocks. Reasonably priced and good value for most used and occasions.
 
Geoff
Geoff,
This is a great go to drink
 
Bree
Bree,
One of my favorite sipping bourbons. Straight up or on the rock - it's good either way.
 
Ro
Ro,
Decent but not great
 
joseph
joseph,
I'm a bit of a bourbon nut, I'm not impressed. at the same price point Buffalo Trace is much more worthy a bourbon and always had a spot in my cabinet. Plus Buffalo Trace is actually distilled by Buffalo Trace ;-)
 
Doug
Doug,
For the money, a solid "everyday" bourbon with a nice smooth flavor.
 
Dale
Dale,
Smooth for the price and taste
 
Mike
Mike,
Solid drink. I like it on the rocks - it’s smooth and flavorful
 
Al
Al,
Real smooth. Spicy.
 
Robert
Robert,
decent first bourbon
 
guest
guest,
Pretty good a little rough but good burn
 
Sean
Sean,
Very smooth, great taste, and finishes with a pleasant glow instead of a burn. My favorite bourbon.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Great day to day bourbon
 
Jim
Jim,
A solid balanced bourbon. Good for sippin' at room temp. Also good on the rocks. Makes a great Manhattan.
 
Mike
Mike,
My go to daily drinker. Neat or mixer. Solid choice.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
It’s my “go to” that stays stocked in my bar.
 
Danton
Danton,
Solid quality, a good starter. Would gladly have as an evening sipper.
 
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