Thanks to /u/boyd86 for this sample.
So you may be wondering, like me, what’s up with life? But we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to answer a different question.
Most of you have had Bulleit Bourbon. Or rather, you’ve had Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whisky. And maybe you’ve had the Indiana made Bulleit Rye. So, like me, when you first heard of Bulleit Bourbon 10, you thought it was just a relabeling.
Since we’re all ignorant and don’t like doing “stuff”, because we’re fucking lazy, we never looked it up. And yes I’m lumping you in with me, because if you didn’t do that, you did something different, and it’s eating up your soul.
So, we’re all fucked? Well ain’t that the beauty of being human. Greatness comes when we accept that and continue on. So I’m shitty, you’re shitty, we’re all shitty. Let’s get better.
So, me first: This is not a relabel, and it’s actually the third product from Bulleit. They take their reserve bourbon, make sure it’s up to snuff, and then bottle it. It’s slightly higher proof, and has an age statement.
Frankly I’m surprised there aren’t more people screaming this one from the rooftops. Though I’m not surprised, given the OSHA requirements of locking the doors to rooftops, and people’s general want to not scream into the sky, but still. There should be some rooftop yelling.
I mean, it’s a new(ish) product that actually has an age statement. Or at least something I didn’t know about. Or at least a whiskey that still has an age statement on it and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
At least I assume that, because this is actually affordable at our Puritan controllers of alcohol, the LCBO.
So set barrels are set aside to age 10 years and then vatted to make this. Let’s see if it lives up to my ignorance and excitement.
Price: $49.95 CAD at the LCBO
Colour: 10YR 5/8
Nose: Butter/caramel, cardamon, wood shavings, alcohol, lemon peel, cherry, white pepper
Initial nose of butter and caramel gives way to some nice orange notes. There’s a light herbal note throughout. More so I enjoy the fruit side of this.
It’s a little bit boozy, but that’s to be expected, what with the alcohol in it. Still wish that note wasn’t there. Joking aside, the wood shavings are quite pronounced, each note is easily discernible, and only thing this is missing is a little bit more spice.
Taste: Brown butter, orange juice, raw ginger, wood, corn
Butter takes on a less caramel but more nutty note. So less sweet. Do you make brown butter? Oh, no, you have healthy eating habits, cool. It’s slowly cooked butter until it releases a nutty, cooked flavour.
More fruit, like I wanted. Complexity has gone down since the nose, and it’s a little more raw here. I’m wondering if this would have benefited from being bonded, perhaps.
Finish: Potato, alcohol, white cranberry, ginger, dandelion leaves, cloves, milk
Not going to lie, your first few sips are going to be rough. Mostly because I drugged them, but also the fall to the ground as I harvest your kidneys.
What, did you think I was going to make a date rape joke there? Dude. Not cool. I only fuck’em if the surgery doesn’t go well and they don’t make it.
Given some time, and even a little water, this calms down. More creamy, nice amount of spice, and this interesting lemon/leaf combination. Bitterness adds some complexity.
Conclusion: I think this is a small upgrade from the standard bourbon. That’s not a slight, it’s just an observation. It has a better nose, and then roughly the same quality on the taste. The finish is rough. It takes some time to get over that hurdle. You gotta build the whole damn bridge.
Not a dam, a bridge.
All in all this is nice, however I’d recommend an up in Abv. on it. Given the price, they should consider a 100 proof offering. This is on it’s way to being the top of the heap, just not quite there yet.
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