Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bourbon Tasting: Trader Joe's Kentucky Bourbon vs Bulleit Bourbon

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Kentucky bourbon.

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Here we're doing a comparison Bourbon tasting, first a new offering from Trader Joe's and then a classic, Bulleit Bourbon

Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Kentucky Bourbon Straight Whiskey, finished at 45.% alcohol and distilled by Bourbon Square Distilling Company, Louisville, Kentucky.

In the glass: Medium light caramel, just a hint darker than Bulleit.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sweet, bright corn, a bit harsh, definite oak.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright, caramel heat, sweet creamed corn, bright alcohol tang.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Original tasting and review : This is Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey, Kentucky, finished at 45.% alcohol.

In the glass: Light caramel, just a hint lighter than Trader Joe's.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sweet and aromatic tones, some mineral oil, layers of very light caramel, intriguing.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet, layered, lightly oily and aromatic, almost creamy in its fading finish

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

So, while the Trader Joe's Kentucky Bourbon is a worthy contender, it doesn't hold up to comparisons with Bulleit.


Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Kentucky bourbon.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Bulleit Bourbon.



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