Discover the differences between Stellum Bourbon vs Stellum Rye in this in-depth comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!
|Nose||Orange, cinnamon, clove, cherry, vanilla|
|Palate||Caramel, citrus, marzipan|
|Finish||Spicy, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, oak|
|Alcohol content||115 proof (57.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Weller Antique 107|
The nose has a nice orange note that is uncommon to bourbon, followed by cinnamon and clove.
On the palate, the first sip feels warm but mellows out into rich orange flavor, with hints of caramel and marzipan. There is a note of cough syrup lurking but is not a deal breaker.
The finish has a good length, rich in cinnamon and clove, with brown sugar and a bitter note coming from the barrel.
The Stellum Bourbon is not as warm as you would expect from something bottled at barrel proof.
It drinks quite nicely neat, although adding water releases additional sweetness and a tad more of cinnamon achieving a better balance.
Interesting tasting notes and good value for the money at its current MSRP making the Stellum Bourbon a must-try for those looking to bring new stuff to the cabinet.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Stellum Bourbon:
- Bottled at 115 proof.
- This bourbon is a blend of of straight bourbons distilled and aged in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
- The mash is undisclosed but the Indiana whiskey is the backbone of this bourbon making it high in rye.
- The whiskeys in the blend are aged between 4 to 16 years.
- Blended by Barrel Craft Spirits in Louisville, Kentucky.
- Barrel Craft is owned by Joe Beatrice a former marketing and technology entrepreneur.
- Double Gold at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Nose has the traditional minty and grassy hit of rye whiskey, along cinnamon and clove.
On the palate, you get heat, spice and oak on at first, but as you let it develop cinnamon clove, brown sugar and caramel appear.
The finish has a medium-length, pleasantly warm with hints of spice and mint.
This rye displays nice amount of rye spice that does not overwhelm. An elegant expression, soft and approachable with very little warmth to it despite the high proof.
It tastes pretty much the same as every bourbon produced at the MGP Distillery in Indiana but more flavorful and full-bodied as it has been bottled at proof. Meaning it was not diluted with water before bottling.
It drinks nicely neat, although rocks tunes-down the subtle heat and the spice making it easier to drink.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Stellum Rye:
- Bottled at 116 proof.
- Bottled at barrel proof.
- It does not have an age statement.
- Crafted at MGP Distillery in Indiana along other whiskeys such as the Bulleit Rye, George Dickel, Angel’s Envy, Templeton Rye among several others.
- Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021.
- 94 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2021.
- Double Gold at the New York International Spirits Competition 2021.
Stellum Bourbon vs Stellum Rye: Price comparison
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Stellum Bourbon vs Stellum Rye: Which is Better?
Stellum Bourbon is superior to Rye
- Stellum Bourbon is more interesting and complex than Stellum Rye. It has unique tasting notes as it is a blend of bourbons aged at different length and crafted at different places.
- It offers citrus notes that are uncommon to bourbon along cinnamon and clove well balanced against caramel notes making it quite intriguing; not to mention that is light on the heat despite bottled at proof.
- Stellum Rye is good, but generic, as it offers most of the tasting notes of every whiskey crafted at MGP in Indiana just that better as it was not diluted before bottling.
Regardless of which you choose you’ll be taking home a solid whiskey. I’m pleasantly surprised by how good Stellum is and I’m willing to keep sampling and sharing my thoughts on its releases.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!