Social distancing has not stopped our whiskey battles! Fortunately, our favorite liquor is still doing curbside service. Bulleit rye was on sale last month and Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition is on sale this month. It's time for a rumble.
The tale of the tape going in: at full-price, JB is $5 cheaper than the Bulleit. Both are 90 proof.
On the Rocks Test
The Jim Beam was redder in color, fruitier in flavor with a chocolate aftertaste.
I found the Bulleit more flavorful. Spicy banana was the best description I could think of.
My wife preferred the Jim Beam. I preferred the Bulleit. Call this round a tie.
The Bulleit was smokier, the JB fruitier once again. Our individual preferences were the same as before though my wife could imagine enjoying the Bulleit occasionally. Both were quite nice.
Call this round a tie, too.
We skipped the Highball Test this time, figuring it wasn't going to be the make-or-break anyway.
Overall Winner: Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition
All else being equal, $5 is $5. We drink most of our whiskey via Manhattans so my wife's preference is probably a tie-breaker as well. That said, I wouldn't mind having a bottle of the Bulleit around for the occasional sipping, something I'm more likely to do than she is anyway. It's certainly worth waiting until it's on sale.
Hoping to pit Jim Beam against George Dickel next. That one goes on sale in May!
Squid on the Vine
Borell Diehl, Müller-Thurgau 2018
A German white
Bland to star, like a light cider
Opens up bigger.
A little bitter
My Rating: 8.2