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Belle Meade Bourbon Whiskey

Belle Meade Bourbon Whiskey

$80.00

Belle Meade Bourbon Whiskey is the first release from Nelson’s Green Brier after the distillery went silent for Prohibition. Charlie and Andy Nelson discovered the site of their great-great-great grandfather’s distillery during a family trip and decided to start up the family business again. The Belle Meade Bourbon Whiskey is made in very small batches, only 4 barrels each, and has a high rye content, based on the original family recipe. The horses on the label are a tribute to the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville (one of them even had a filly named Bourbon Belle.)

Very balanced and smooth, with caramel corn sweetness, orange, vanilla and just the right touch of leather. The percentage of rye makes for a spicy finish, with lots of allspice, pinecone and black pepper. Bit of an astringent tickle, but not mad at it.

Nose:

The nose begins with a hint of oak and rye spice. This quickly transitioned to an aroma much like freshly brewed sweat tea and raisins. A very attractive nose. Adding water to the pour ramps up the sweetness. Honey and caramel become present with subtle hints of brown sugar.

Palate:

Mouth feel is very light and slightly oily. Detected tastes of citrus fruits and allspice – a very refreshing glass. As the bourbon moved back toward mid-palate, the taste of leather became more apparent. Addition of water softens the mouth feel a bit. Really added sweetness as a flavor profile of oatmeal raisin cookies developed.

Finish:

Long finish, however extremely smooth. No burn was present on this one. Hint of sweetness comes through at the end. Also present is a light taste of melon, like honeydew or cantaloupe, in the finish. Again, unbelievable refreshing for a bourbon. Adding water did not change the long smooth finish or flavor profile of this bourbon.

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