Age: 10 years
How I Drank It: Neat, in a Glencairn Whiskey Glass
My Nose Noticed:* Lots of Toasted Oak | Dried Fruit | Spice | Hint of Vanilla
First Sip: Oak | Rye/Spice | Trace of Vanilla
The Burn:** As with regular Bulleit, Bulleit 10 has very little, if any, bite on the tongue. In fact, its rather light on the tongue with a pronounced dry oak finish. The burn appeared in the back, lower part of my throat and was very pleasant albeit non-committal. It was gone way too soon and left little behind to remember it by.
Neat, Splash or Rocks: I started drinking this one neat and was nervous about adding water to it. I feared the water would amplify the oak flavor and drown out the hint of vanilla I tasted earlier. I decided to add water anyway and was rewarded with more of the subtle vanilla notes I noticed earlier backed up with some nice spicy notes from the higher than normal rye content of Bulleits mash bill.