Bull Run is a craft distillery based in Portland, Oregon that produces a range of single malt whiskeys, bourbons, and more. I found out about this distillery after perusing Seelbachs.com, an interesting online craft spirits retailer that also does a lot of barrel picks. This Bull Run 12 Year American Whiskey being reviewed is a Seelbach’s / Bourbonr pick that was aged in used bourbon casks for 10 years then finished for 26 months in a Trisaetum Pinor Noir cask. 26 months is an unheard of length to finish any type of American whiskey, bourbon, rye, or anything else. This particular bottle comes from batch AMPF10R and is bottle 72.
As a reminder, this Bull Run whiskey is not bourbon, it is American Whiskey because it was aged in used bourbon casks. Another nuance worth nothing is that the mash is made from MGP’s 96% corn 4% malted barley mash, which MGP no longer offers in 2019. It was likely aged for 10 years in an MGP warehouse then sent to Bull Run to be finished in Oregon. Given the current state of bourbon and rye, it’s refreshing to find a 12 year old cask strength whiskey for “only” $55. The Pinot Noir finish is also very unique. I have high hopes, so let’s find out more in this Bull Run 12 Year American Whiskey review.