Bulleit 10 Year B&B Private Barrel Bourbon
This 10 year single barrel bourbon is from a higher rye mash bill, bottled non-chill filtered and at a perfect 52% sipping proof. The yeast strain is described as yielding a “rich fruit basket.” And there’s a basket of flavors here that would make any Kentucky heart skip a beat: rye spice, cornbread, and cherry cola. The sipping experience is rewardingly complex - at first dominated by the drier rye spice rush, subsequent sips open the gates to a juicy waterfall of nectarine, plum, and apple. All awash with cherry cola notes that gradually turn a bit more herbal, like a country store soda pop. The herbal notes continue to sprout on the finish, sealed up with a responsible dose of drying oak woodiness. The bookending of the drier notes with the lush, sweet center is the hot-summer-lake-dip of a bourbon we can’t get enough of.
In a complicated year, when distilleries are making responsible choices to pause some of their single barrel releases, it’s good to know that we can stock up on something this uncomplicatedly good.