My wife and I got into watching Bar Rescue. For anyone that follows the show, you'll know that for each bar they rescue, they come up with signature cocktails for the bar to sell. Inevitably, where a recipe calls for rye, it's Bulleit Rye they use. So, I went into this one knowing it's frequently used as a mixer.
Rye often has so much flavor, however, that even the standard ryes such as Bulleit will have enough flavor and spice to stand alone. Such is the case with Bulleit rye.
"Mixing" whiskies, I've found, tend to be thinner, less bold in flavors. This is perhaps so as not to overpower the other flavors with which they are mixed. Bulleit rye stays true to the typically boldness and spiciness of ryes. It is tasty and sweet, with that kick of the spicy rye standing out.
It had a lingering mint flavor that I was not expecting and caught me a bit off guard. As I progressed through this bottle, though, I kept getting stuck on something I was tasting but I couldn't quite place. It wasn't until I was about 2/3rds through the bottle before I finally placed it. I was distinctly tasting Southern Comfort.
At first I enjoyed the tang that the Southern Comfort flavor added to the rye. Unfortunateley, though, by the end of the bottle, it just really turned me off, and I was yearning for a more traditional rye flavor, without the unidentifiable tanginess.
Overall, I would put this a touch below your average rye, somewhat disappointing, even when I wasn't expecting a whole lot going in.