This is an older version of the standard Bulleit, which the internet tells me is aged for 4-6 years and is actually made by Four Roses. The standard Bulleit is one of my favorite $20ish bourbons. It has a high rye mash bill, which gives it some bite. Side by side, the standard is quite tame. The 10 year has it's bite in the fore, with a really pleasant finish. The standard is sort of the opposite. Nice sweet flavor at first with a kick in the teeth finish. The 10 year retails for around $45.
- Is it better? Yes. I like it a lot.
- It costs twice as much, is it twice as good? No, but it is in the ballpark.
- Is it worth $45? The times they are a changing. I've paid more for much worse, and the craft distillery revolution has certainly muddled things when it comes to determining what something should cost. I am officially waffling on this question. I didn't pay for it.