Belle Meade Sherry Cask Straight Bourbon 750ml
Today we’ll take a look at an entry from the once largest distiller to come to the newest kid on the Tennessee whiskey block. Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery in Nashville, TN. This one comes by way of their flagship bourbon and whiskey brand, Belle Meade. Belle Meade Sherry Cask Bourbon is a nine-year selection distilled in Indiana and bottled at 90.4 proof. That is finished in Oloroso sherry casks for an added complexity and sweetness. The mash bill consists of a 64% corn, 30% rye, and 6% barley blend. Of course our neighbors across the pond, the Scots and Irish, have been employing these finishing techniques for over a hundred years.
We Sampled And Selected Barrels From Our Reserve Stock And Blended Only The Best In Extremely Small Batches To Create A Bourbon Of Exceptional Character. We Then Aged This Extraordinary Blend Of Nine Year Bourbon In Oloroso Sherry Casks, Imported From Spain, Until Perfection Was Achieved.
The Final Results Are, To Say The Least, Remarkable. Rich, Intricate, And Balanced. This Bourbon Is One For The Ages. There Has Never Been. Belle Meade Sherry Cask Bourbon Like It And There Will Likely Never Be Another.
The liquid takes on that middle amber appearance in the glass that leans hard into the coppery red range. The scent is core bourbon territory, sweet and packed with vanilla, but a touch musty and earthy and with a big pinch of raisins.
On the palate, the whiskey flows with a silky feel. The flavor is dry and woody, and a touch peppery, with these Scotchy aspects well-balanced against the bourbon characteristics of brown sugar sweetness, vanilla, and in this case some added nutmeg. The sherry presence doesn’t add the wine and dried fruit flavors so often found in Scotch sherry-bombs, but instead enhances the woodiness and pull it away from bourbon barrel char or the ultra-oakiness of very old bourbons, and takes it more towards the style of wood notes found in Scotch.
The finish delivers a light, spicy afterglow, supported by long-lasting warmth.
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