My first experience with bourbon was less than pleasant. In fact, the smell of bourbon made me feel distinctly uncomfortable for about five years afterward. But as athletes push through the pain to a higher plateau, so did I. And it was worth it!
Bourbon is a distinctly American drink; no other country makes anything like it, and that is good. Because the tradition is wonderful and makes me think that America can compete on the world booze stage. In reality, we make some of the best wine in the world, so for all you Francophiles: Bronx Cheer. And, come to think of it, we are roaring along the road to cheese greatness too! I’m rambling, but the point is that we make some great, homegrown booze that can be the equal of some of the finest sipping liquors in the world.
Most bourbons are made in Kentucky, out of at least 51% corn, and if you really want to be finicky, they are only genuine if made in Bourbon County. But that isn’t true anymore. Lots of good bourbons, or American Whiskey if you prefer, are made outside of Bourbon County, and some damned fine ones are made outside of Kentucky. But we are here to honor one that is made in the state, but not in Bourbon. It’s called Bulleit, but how it is pronounced? I have no idea. But I think I do know why it’s called “frontier whiskey.” There is a too-long-for-this-post story on the company’s web site, but mostly I think it is because the bottle looks like it belongs behind a bar in Dodge City in 1874.
It has more rye than most bourbons so there is supposedly a distinctive flavor…that I just can’t taste. It is a very nice, smooth drink, with a bit of a bite at the end from the alcohol. My liquor senses are not nearly as refined (pompous?) as my wine palate, and mostly I appreciate the mouth feel of hard liquor. The alcohol seems to vaporize and carry flavors into my nose and mouth, and from that perspective I really enjoy this stuff. It isn’t particularly expensive, less than 30 dollars in most places, and compared to many, more expensive bourbons, this is a good deal. And the bottle looks so good, it belongs on the table with a Colt Navy revolver.