Web Original: What to Drink Tonight: Bulleit Bourbon

As American whiskeys gain in popularity, a wider range of styles is beginning to emerge. Brands like Bulleit are exploring a leaner and more subtle style of bourbon. While some versions double down on bourbon’s distinctive sweet vanilla character, Bulleit keeps it in check. Both softer and more complex in aromatics, Bulleit’s balanced whiskey ($23.99) appeals to a more mature palate — one that appreciates other brown spirits like scotch and Irish whiskey.

Despite its 90 proof, Bulleit is a smooth sipping spirit. While it does have that classic butter-pecan bourbon flavor, a hefty helping of rye brings balance and a clean finish. This is a bourbon to savor straight or on the rocks, though it does make a mean Manhattan.