Award-winning Kentucky whiskey Bulleit Bourbon arrived on SA shores last year October and we were lucky enough to receive a bottle to test out and here’s what we found.

Here’s what you need to know about Bulleit Bourbon

Listed as one of the Top 50 US Spirits brands by Wine Enthusiast, Bulleit Bourbon was inspired by a recipe created by founder, Tom Bulleit’s, great-great-grandfather Augustus Bulleit 150 years ago. He went on to turn this fabled family secret into one of the fastest-growing small batch bourbons in the world.

“The art of making bourbon runs deep in my family and I’m proud to personally share my ancestor’s recipe with people around the world. When I started the company, I knew that one of the benchmarks of success would be for Bulleit to expand into the African market. It’s amazing to see this goal become a reality,” commented Bulleit during the WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year competition in September 2015 held in SA.

The verdict

Due to its unique combination of rye, corn and barley malt along with strains of yeast and pure Kentucky limestone filtered water, Bulleit Bourbon has a complex flavour that makes it perfect for cocktails. While it’s high rye content gives it a unique taste that lends itself well for enjoying it neat or with an ice-cube or two.



For these warm summer months, why not try out these classic and tasty bourbon cocktail recipes.

Mint Julep

Handful of fresh mint

10ml sugar syrup

60ml Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit Bourbon Mint Julep - Copy-compressed

Place mint, sugar & bourbon into julep tin. Gently press the mint to extract the fragrant oils. 2/3 fill the tin with crushed ice and stir. Add straw and overfill with crushed ice. Garnish with a big bouquet of fresh mint placed next to the straw.


Kentucky Iced Tea

30ml Bulleit Bourbon

60ml chilled tea (Peach or English Breakfast work well)

10ml lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

Kentucky Iced Tea-compressed

Combine all ingredients in an ice filled highball glass and stir. Garnish with a fresh orange wedge and a large bouquet of mint.

Words: Charis Le Riche
Images: Supplied



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