Bulleit Bourbon “Bite The Bulleit” Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey The Prime Barrel Pick #14
Any time a popular brand decides to release a barrel strength version of their standard product, people take extra notice. The common assumption is that barrel proof means better, simply because a higher alcohol concentration should bring enhanced flavors. While we've seen examples where this isn't necessarily the case, including Bulleit's own regular barrel strength expression, this release is anything but. The ability to pick from 4 different barrels benefited our ability to select a cracker of a barrel, and for the price point, you are getting a super value. Bottled at 104 Proof, this is a great sipper neat and can enhance any cocktail without overpowering it. More barrel specifics:
Mashbill: 75% Corn / 21% Rye / 4% Malted Barley
Yeast: Fruity and Creamy
Age: 8 years
For the sticker theme, the "Bite the Bullet" idea practically begged to be used and we've kept it very spartan yet very colorful. The primary sticker plays well with the color of the bottle and Bulleit's brand colors, and we hope you like it.
Nose: Brown sugar, burnt sugar, caramel custard, cherry pie, sawdust, cigar box, and a very faint hint of tanning leather.
Palate: Subtle notes of dates, raisins, and green apple upfront and very quickly goes into the more savory and spicy side of things. Lots of oak, leather, toasted barley, allspice, and freshly cracked black pepper on the midpalate.
Finish: Long and dry with lingering notes of wintergreen mint, nutmeg, and bitter chocolate.