The Bulleit name hails all the way back to the 1830s in Kentucky, when one Augustus Bulleit set out to create a bourbon that was inimitable in flavour. He experimented for a while, until he came up with a high-rye whiskey of unparalleled spice and complexity. The Bulleit recipe was almost lost forever though, after Augustus went missing while transporting barrels to New Orleans. It’s still unknown what happened to him.
In the 1980s, inspired by his great-great-grandfather’s passion for bourbon, Thomas E. Bulleit Jr set out to revive the family tradition. Leaving behind a successful law practice, Thomas created a high-rye whiskey to replicate the old Bulleit – and the Bulleit Distilling Company has been in full production ever since, turning out award-winning whiskeys that are coveted all over the world.