- 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.)