At an exclusive whisky tasting, hosted by Diageo Reserve Ambassador Africa Tim Etherington-Judge, in the private room of the Caramel Restaurant and Lounge, a select few whisky lovers in Nairobi, self-included, were given a sample of this great new drink and the history behind it.
The Bulleit History
Bulleit Bourbon began in 1987, when Thomas E. Bulleit Jr. fulfilled a lifelong dream of reviving an old family bourbon recipe by starting the Bulleit Distilling Company. Inspired by his great-great-grandfather Augustus Bulleit, who made a high-rye whiskey between 1830-1860, Tom left a successful law practice and risked everything to experience life on the frontier.
Bulleit Bourbon is distilled and aged in small batches. High rye content gives it a bold, spicy character with a distinctively smooth, clean finish. Kentucky limestone-filtered water provides a foundation for the bourbon’s character, while charred American oak barrels lend a smoky backbone.
My Experience With Bulleit
I love two things about Bulleit. Firstly, it’s low cost compared to other premium whiskies on the market. Second, it’s punchy. Bulleit’s unique smokey flavor hits you right from the first sip and mellows out as you drink. The smokiness of the charred American oak is much more noticeable than most single malts which have undergone the same aging. This made me want to nose my drink longer before I drank it. It really was like falling in love with a little golden liquid in a glass.
Whisky Popularity in Kenya
According to Business Daily Africa, Kenyans drank half a billion shillings worth of scotch whisky in 2013, with the number expected to be even higher this year. Obviously, from these numbers, there is a large crowd of whisky lovers out there who want a great product like Bulleit.
You can order your Bulleit from Drinks Delivery and get it delivered to your door.