Producer: Bulleit. Distiller: MGP. ABV: 45%. No age statement (4-7 years old). Mashbill: 95% rye, 5% malted barley. Price: $25-30.
Bulleit is a gold-standard mixing rye that’s just as good as a sipper. It’s become so ubiquitous that singing its praises can seem a little like recommending somebody try Pepsi, but if you haven’t given this 95% rye-mashbill beauty from MGP proper consideration, it’s definitely worth revisiting.
The Bulleit rye sparkles with citrus and brown sugar–brighter and fresher than the excellent Rittenhouse/Pikesville from Heaven Hill. Loads of fruit and baking spices on the mid-palate. The candied orange is so pronounced that it’s nearly an Old Fashioned all on its own. It’s priced right, and easy to find.
Side note to the Jim Murray-watchers: Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye and Heaven Hill’s Pikesville Rye made the headlines this year by topping his 2015 best-of list, but Murray gives the Bulleit a 96. Just one man’s opinion, of course, but in this case, I think he’s right on the money.
Cheers, friends! -BO