Discover the differences between Bulleit Rye vs Michter’s Rye in this in-depth comparison and decide which Rye Whiskey is better for You!
|Nose||Mint, cedar, vanilla, rye spice|
|Palate||Caramel, spearmint, vanilla, rye spice|
|Finish||Rye spice, oak spice, old leather|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, cocktails|
|Similar to||Redemption Rye, Jack Daniel’s Rye|
Nose has a soft minty note, followed by cedar wood, vanilla and rye spice.
Palate offers a blast of rye spiciness at first, followed by spearmint hints, caramel and a touch of vanilla.
The finish has a medium to long length, pleasantly warm, with more mint and a tad of charred oak.
Solid dram as there is nothing off-putting about it, just a good old classic and affordable rye whiskey.
Bulleit hits you with the rich spicy notes you expect to find in this type of whiskey, but overall this is a sweet and smooth whiskey and quite easy to sip.
If you feel it too spicy add large ice cubes avoiding dilution; that will make it easier to sip.
Where this whiskey shines is in cocktails as the rich spice presence will add a nice kick to your favorite cocktail.
Overall, Bulleit Rye is a solid option, it won’t blow you away with any memorable tasting note but makes a good alternative for those looking for a “rye whiskey high in rye“.
Most rye whiskeys in the market are “barely legal”; as they have low rye content in the mash making them taste pretty much like spicy bourbons.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Bulleit Rye:
- It does not carry an age statement but it is aged between five to six years in heavily charred, new American oak casks.
- Bulleit Rye is made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley.
- Earned the Double Gold and Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
- Bulleit is crafted at the MGP of Indiana Distillery along several other whiskeys such as the Templeton Rye, Angel’s Envy, George Dickel among several others.
Michter’s US 1 Kentucky Straight Rye
|Nose||Herbal, mint, honey|
|Palate||Honey, butterscotch, cherry, rye spice|
|Finish||Medium length, caramel and spice|
|Alcohol content||85 proof (42.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Pikesville Rye, Piggyback|
Michter’s smells like a new car, along a herbal note, followed by mint and honey.
On the palate, there is maple honey sweetness up-front, followed by butterscotch, with a hint of cherry, very little rye spice and a tad of oak coming far behind.
The finish has a medium length, rich in caramel, with a touch of rye spice and light on the oak.
This whiskey has a more subtle rye character than others, yet packs some nice sweet flavors making it a nice sipper.
Michter’s subtle rye spice makes me think that it carries barely enough of this grain to belong to this category. This is what you can call a “barely legal rye whiskey“.
This is an easy and sweet drinker, with imperceptible warmth as it’s bottled at low proof and low in spice making it a good option for those who want to get baptized into rye whiskey.
Drinks nicely neat or rocks, although I would not use it as a mixer as it lacks the punch to deliver good cocktails.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Michter’s Rye:
- This is a single barrel whiskey.
- It does not have an age statement.
- Mash bill is unknown but most be low in rye.
- Made from rye grain, severed to maximize the extraction of flavors from the grain.
- Michter’s is produced in two facilities: their original Michter’s distillery located in Shively, as well as their second Fort Nelson distillery.
- Michter’s was originally distilled at The Pennsylvania Michter’s Distillery which went belly-up in 1989.
- The brand was acquired by Joe Magliocco for $245 in the 1990s.
Bulleit Rye vs Michter’s Rye: Price comparison
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Bulleit Rye vs Michter’s Rye: Which is better?
Bulleit for mixing, Michter’s for sipping
- Michter’s Rye is a nice sipper, while Bulleit Rye is a great mixer to make tasty cocktails.
- Michter’s is low in rye, with very little to no burn, making a good option for those who want to get initiated into rye whiskey before tackling the spicy bombs.
- Bulleit Rye is much more spicy and tasty, it drinks nicely rocks although its best use is in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned promising to add a nice kick.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!