Color: Damp Copper
Nose: Lots of herbal notes. Evergreen, mint, cut grass. Neat nostalgia factor here- it reminds me of playing in the grass as a kid. Sweet caramel is hidden under the leaves somewhere.
Taste: Heavy rye spice with a smooth and delicate mouthfeel. Evergreen, green tea.
Finish: Herbal notes wisp away for an extremely short finish.
Conclusion: Be it hard pressed to find a better rye whiskey at a $20 price tag. That being said, the blade cuts both ways, and Bulleit Rye has a fairly one-dimensional presence on the palate. It is very drinkable and was fine when drinking neat, however, I recommend it be mixed in cocktails (Manhattan for instance). I would love to try this at a higher proof and older age statement.
My Rating: B (Good)