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Every Bulleit Frontier Whisky Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Mar 14, 2021

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by Matty Sims

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Bulleit Frontier Whisky tells a story like many bourbon brands. As it goes in the 1830s, Tom Bulleit’s great great great (you get the picture) grandfather, a tavern keeper in Lousiville, developed a high rye whiskey. But in 1860, as Augustus Bulleit was transporting this whiskey from Lousiville to New Orleans, he disappeared along with his whiskey. Never to be heard of again.

In 1987, Thomas E. Bulleit, Jr. revived his ancestor’s dreams by starting Bulleit Distilling Company leaving a successful law practice to do so. Bulleit is characterized by its high rye content (28 percent). Seagram bought Bulleit in 1997, and it entered a wider market from 1999 to 2000.

Later on, the spirits mega monster Diageo (who also bought the defunct Stitzel-Weller Distillery), bought Seagram’s assets including the Bulleit Distillery. In 2017, Diageo broke ground on the new 300 acres Bulleit Distillery in Shelbyville, KY (see a virtual tour below).

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Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon Review

Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon

Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon
Bulleit 10 Year BourbonDetails
Mashbill68% corn, 28% rye, and 4% malted barley
In the Bottle91.2 Proof
ABV45.6%
Age10YO
Release TypeSmall Batch
Price$48.99
DistilleryBulleit Distillery
3900 Benson Pike
Shelbyville, KY 40065
ProsLove the Fruit Notes
ConsLacks High Level Punch
RatingSilver 88.8 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy Later

Nose – 89 out of 100 Points

Light caramel and warming baking spice with cinnamon as the high note and lightly toasted oak. Subtle pear undertones.

Taste – 91 out of 100 Points

Sweet Peach on fruit palate with blooming baking spice and black pepper that tingles the tip of the tongue. Nice mouthfeel and just a hint of orange.

Finish – 89 out of 100 Points

Warming baking spice and toasted oak. Medium length.

Complexity – 88 out of 100 Points

Good complexity on the palate but the nose and finish lacked depth.

Value – 87 out of 100 Points

Locally, Bulleit Frontier Whisky 10YO is just shy of $50. I love a good age-stated bourbon 10 years and up. But I need complexity, depth, and punch at a high level at $50. Bulleit 10YO works in a pinch.

Verdict – Silver 88.8 out of 100 Points

Bulleit Frontier Whisky Review

Bulleit Frontier Whisky

Bulleit Frontier Whisky
Bulleit Frontier WhiskyDetails
Mashbill68% corn, 28% rye, and 4% malted barley
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
Age6 to 8YO
Release TypeSmall Batch
Price$31.99
ProsThat high rye packs a flavor punch
ConsNot Always Cohesive
RatingBronze 84 out of 100 Points
InventoryDaily Drinker

Bulleit bourbon has medium viscosity and is the color of apple juice.

Nose – 85 out of 100 Points

It’s a caramel KO with some braggadocio baking and rye spice. It’s not complex but it’s enjoyable.

Taste – 84 out of 100 Points

Creamy vanilla and caramel on the front palate. Then rye spice and black pepper crash the party. Cue Beastie Boys, “Fight for our right to parttttyyyyy.”

Finish – 83 out of 100 Points

It’s a medium finish with rye spice and pepper notes and subtle swirls of vanilla and caramel.

Verdict – Bronze 84 out of 100 Points

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Kudos for consistency. Bulleit bourbon is solid. But the flavors don’t get along as much as I’d like. It’s a sweet note here. Rye spice there. Pepper there. I’d still be happy with keeping Bulleit Bourbon in the cabinet as a daily drinker.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys.
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