Tom Bulleit, the founder of Bulleit Bourbon is one of the most successful non-distiller producers (NDP). They have three major products, which include their famous small batch Bulleit Bourbon, their Bulleit Rye (which is 95% rye), and most recently, a yearly release of a limited edition 10 year "Premium" Bourbon. The bourbon is made at Four Roses, which is in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Bulliet whiskeys stand out from many other products as they are known for having more rye in the mash bill.
This release is bottled at 91.2 proof and was purchased for $49.
Nose: This has a rich nose full of caramel chews, vanilla, cherries and citrus. Maple, spearmint corn and raisins are also present. A bit of varnish here and for being 10 years old, the was oak influence is surprisingly strong.
Taste: Thick mouthfeel (plus points in my book) with a mellow flavor profile. Vanilla, apple and orange peel are at the center of this bourbon. A nice marshmallow note coats the tip of my tongue along with a subtle spearmint and coffee bean note. Similar to the nose, the oak forces it's way into the mix along with rye and pepper spice.
Finish: Medium in length. Spearmint lingers until the baking spices and oak dry out my palate.
Conclusion: The oak influence is big and if you are a fan of woody/drier bourbons than this is for you. At 91.2 proof it is very easy to drink neat. The extra age really seems to cut out the sharp edges when compared to its younger brother. Now, is it worth the extra $20 dollars over the no age statement Bulleit bourbon..yes, yes it is.
My Rating: B+ (Very Good)