I’d like to thank Taylor Strategy for providing this sample to me with no strings attached. All notes and thoughts are my own.
I am a big fan of the MGP 95% rye style of Rye Whiskey. I’ve been a fan since I first tasted Bulleit Rye shortly after it was released. In fact, it was the first rye that I ever really paid attention to. Other ryes just sorta tasted like bourbon but this one tasted different. And over the years, Bulleit Rye is easily the most common rye to sit on my shelves. And now that I’ve found that it plays amazingly nice with Amaro Montenegro, I’m guessing it will be on my shelf even more often in the future.
So like I said, I’m a fan of the MGP 95% Rye style of rye whiskey. Some of my favorite aged rye whiskeys have been sourced from MGP. Willett used to put out beautiful 5-12 year old ryes that were the prize of my whiskey shelf (while they lasted). These days, even if they put one out, you couldn’t afford one without a trust fund.
So I was pretty excited when I got the press release stating that Bulleit would be releasing a limited edition 12-year-old version of their rye. Especially when I noticed that it was only going to be about $50. I was less excited to see that it would not be coming to Minnesota though. (Luckily I will be visiting Kentucky next week. Maybe I can get my hands on a bottle.) Luckily, I was able to request a sample of it and get a taste.
Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old
Purchase info: This sample was graciously provided by Taylor Strategy for review purposes. It is available in Colorado, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Oregon, California, Kentucky, Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maryland and Washington D.C. Suggested retail price is $49.99.
Details: 95% rye mashbill. 12 year old age statement. 46% ABV
Nose: Mint, pipe tobacco, cinnamon, dill, caramel
Mouth: Spearmint, dill, tobacco, black pepper, anise
Finish: Of medium length. Lingering mint, black pepper and anise
Thoughts: Folks, this is really good! I like Bulleit Rye and as you might expect, this is even better. If you are a fan of the 95% rye style, you should grab this if you run across it. If you aren’t maybe give it a pass. I am, so I envy the people that live where this is available. Seriously. This is good.
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