Bulleit Rye Whiskey

By Neil Brotherston Thursday 4th Sep, 2014

While the best known whiskeys to come out of America are often Bourbons, which are required to be made from a minimum of 51% corn, there is a new pretender in the American whiskey market….and it’s called Rye.

To be considered an American rye whiskey, there must be a minimum of 51% rye in the mix.  As such, a lot of the Rye whiskeys on the market utilize just that….51% as Rye is and expensive and tricky grain to use when making whiskey. However, there are those that recognize the depth of flavor, the colorful spiced taste and character filled aroma that a higher percentage of Rye offers.

That is where our next entry into the Dapper Chapper bar comes in. Bulleit Rye American Whiskey.

The recipe selected for Bulleit’s small batch, straight rye is 95% rye / 5% malted barley.  This is a very impressive % of Rye, given it’s difficulty to work with.

Bulleit’s limestone filtered water source is from an ancient glacial aquifer – some hundreds of feet below their distillery and the reason for its location. The aquifer maintains a consistent 56 degree temperature to help ensure each batch of Bulleit tastes the same as the last.

And it’s just as well as the taste is a truly great experience.  The Rye provides a fantastic mix of sweet and spice. The subtle taste of Vanilla and honey blends perfectly with the light spice the Rye malts add to the mixture. After this initial taste experience, you will be hit with a strong taste of cinnamon, cloves and a stronger oaky spice. The flavour lasts long in the mouth and leaves you with a spiced taste on your palate.

This Rye does have a pretty strong burn, so for those who aren’t really up for that sensory battle in your throat, then this is a whiskey to be used in Cocktails. The strength of the Rye means that this whiskey is absolutely ideal for cocktails as the Rye flavour isn’t diminished when mixed, making for some very striking cocktails.

Indeed Bulleit themselves are well aware that many see this as the perfect cocktail whiskey, but may not choose to drink it neat.  Indeed their Buillet Rye information booklet says the following:

“Bulleit has always respected the thoughts and opinions of bartenders and mixologists who introduce the brand to new adult consumers every day. These tastemakers helped Tom Bulleit realize the potential for a new Rye and inspired its creation.

Bulleit Rye’s high rye content creates a spicy finish perfect for classic cocktails.”

As such, it would make sense for us to suggest a cocktail for you to experience the superior taste of Buillet Rye in. Well….take a look at this recipe:

Ryes Up Cocktail

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0.6 oz. Bulleit® Rye

0.25 oz. sweet vermouth

0.2 oz. elderflower liqueur

1 dash Angostura bitters

1 dash Peychaud’s bitters

0.25 oz. cognac


Stir & strain into a rocks glass.

Garnish with a lemon twist.

Once you’ve tried this, you will know exactly what we are talking about when we say the high Rye content gives cocktails a richer, fuller and stronger taste. And if you still need convincing then, there is also the fact that Buillet Rye earned a Gold Medal at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a Gold Medal at the 2012 Beverage Testing’s Institute International Review of Spirits Competition.


Buillet Rye Whiskey is available from Alexander and James for £32.90