Review #407. Bulleit Cask Strength First Release

Review #407 – Bulleit Cask Strength Batch 1

Review #407 | /r/Bourbon Review #231 – Bulleit Cask Strength Bourbon


The Schtick: At the time of this writing (March 2017) – this product was a KY exclusive. It has since been re-released with CONUS wide availability.

Distiller: Undisclosed (Is the CS Four Roses?)

Bottler: Bulleit (KY / Diageo)

ABV: ~%55 (Exact detail coming from source)

Source: r/scotchswap sample


Nose: Honey and lots of dough here. Sweet corn, a good deal of vanilla and some mild clove. It’s really quite nice – really sweet focused with spice taking the backseat.

Taste: Rich mouthfeel – the proof does really well here. Reminds me of dessert – cocoa, clove, vanilla and toffee. There’s a little cinnamon kick but nothing like an OWA red hots bomb. There isn’t much clove or tannic oak – just a strong focus on everything sweet. A little corn too but even that blends to vanilla in the end.

Finish: Long, much more spice here than the nose or palate. It’s not overbearing but it’s here. More sweetness pops back up – makes for a nice blend of this, also.

Overall: I didn’t know what to expect from this but I really enjoyed it. I haven’t formally reviewed the standard bottling or the 10yr but now it’s on my short list to get to. I was pleasantly surprised, for going in blind as far as expectations, I left a fan. Solid quality and it really goes to show what proof, rather than age, can contribute to a bourbon.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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