I actually tried this a while back at Armsby Abbey (local bar in Worcester that’s just awesome, if just a little pretentious). I had seen Bully Boy as a fairly new release in a few places, but figured I’d get a taste before randomly buying it.
If you are looking for a whiskey that can really only be described as ‘mellow’ in terms of flavor, but also burn – I guess this is a good pick for you. Whiskey should have power – especially neat, but this just feels underwhelming. Couple that with what price bracket it’s going for, and things like Bulliet and even JD Single Barrel seem more worthy.
What they Say: “Bully Boy’s aged whiskey uses corn, rye, and malted barley as its primary ingredients, and is aged in new American Oak. The corn makes for subtle sweetness, and the high rye content creates a dry spiciness; the flavors are further refined through the barrel-aging process, which imparts both a prominent caramel note and a nutty finish. An excellent sipping whiskey. As with all our spirits, our whiskey is made in small, numbered batches, so you know you are getting a truly unique spirit.”
Taste: 6.0 – Not bad, but just not there enough to make you like it.
Aftertaste: 7.5 – Here’s where it gets better though, and the fact that it’s aged comes through (we’ve tried the regular Bully Boy, just have not reviewed it yet.
Burn/Smooth: 8 – Here’s where the mellowness of the tastes comes together well, this is quite smooth for a bourbon like this.
Aroma: 7 – Very good but not great.
Manliness: 6.0 – Normally I’d be okay with what it says and look, but the pointing out of numbered batches, and horse make me think less manly, and more Ferrari – which is for old white people with small penises mostly.
On the Rocks: 6.5 – It just sort of melts away into the ice even more with regards to taste mellowing to out.
Whiskey and Coke: 6.5 – Here too it’s not a bad whiskey and coke, but all it does is add a bit to the way the sweetness goes down, and nothing more in terms of taste.
Value: 4.0 – It’s okay, but at it’s price it’s certainly like I tried – something you get once in a bar, but likely not again.
Google Shop Average: $32
Metric Score: 45.0/70 |+| Metric Average: 6.42 |+| Reviewer Average: 6.0
Slightly above average for the most part, but in reality it’s not got a lot going on that make you want more from it. There’s sadly a lot of good options for a nice high priced whiskey, even others that blends rye and corn.