Most “rye whiskey” barely fits into the category by keeping the percentage of rye relatively low (by law it has to be at least 51% rye to call it such). But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sazerac Rye, for instance, which this blog loves–and boy do I mean loves–hits the minimum but delivers great flavor that is distinctly rye. Bulleit though, of its MGP infamy, decided to bump up the mainstay grain and… it’s awfully good.
The first thing you notice about the Bulleit 95 Rye is that it’s rather pale. That at first gave me pause, and the grassy notes on the nose had me considerably concerned pre-sip. I’m a big fan of regular Bulleit, but this made me a little unsteady on first glance. Fortunately, that didn’t matter.
Those grassy notes on the nose gave way for rich fruit flavors with a soft, citrus finish. This should have a place on any whiskey shelf. And do yourself a favor – buy the big bottle!