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Belle Meade Black Belle Bourbon #4170

A departure

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

8th Jul 2019

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  • Brand: Belle Meade
  • ABV: 47.5%

This is the 2019 release of the Belle Meade Black Belle that I have religiously stood in line for every year. This bourbon is aged in barrels that previosly held Blackstone Brewery's imperial stout, which is a fanastic beer. This year, 2 barrels yielded just over 300 bottles and are not sold commercially.

Neat in a Glencairn

Nose: Much different than the previous 2 releases. Lighter and tamer. Chocolate rasberries, hazlenut, Wonka nerd candy, more 'Belle Meade' and less barrel influence, which isnt what I would prefer.

Palate: More of the barrel influence here. Chocolate cake, lots of chocolate, blackberry and rasberry. Hint of black liquorice. Rich and delicious.

Finish: Notes of imperial stout linger. Chocolate, cream, blackberry and coffee. No complaints.

Overall: Fairly similar in quality to last year's release, but still can't touch the 2017 release at 111 proof, which was heavenly (and $30 cheaper before people figured out how good it was.)

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