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- Brand: Belle Meade
- ABV: 53.4%
- Batch: 3828 - 55
I aquired this bottle at the Nelson Greenbrier distillery in Nashville. We had a lovely time and tasted several of their bourbons including a port cask and madeira cask finished bourbon. (I posted pics of the tour in a discussion if interested.) I chose to get this one because it is available at the distillery only and not commercially sold. And it's 106.8 proof so yay.
This is their Belle Meade single barrel cask strength bourbon, aged 10 years.
Barrel #: 3828 Bottle #: 55 Barrel fill date: Oct 20, 2006 Mashbill: 63% corn, 23% rye, 9% barley, 5% wheat.
Bottle is 99% full and opened for two days ( I had a wee dram after we bought it.) Being a freshly opened bottle I'll let the dram air out a bit in the glencairn.
Nose neat: Primarily vanilla blackberry cobbler. Some caramel, cinnamon, dates, raisins. It shows its proof. Apples, rasberries, fruit candy, brown sugar, milk chocolate. Wow I pick up a lot from this nose. Enjoyable.
Palate: Tobacco, cigar ash, caramel, vanilla, apples, salted pork. Takes a turn from the nose from sweet to more savory, salty and meaty.
Finish: Here returns the vanilla and apples to finish things off intertwined with the tobacco.
Overall: This is the best whiskey of the lot that we tried by far. And by far the highest proof. Its a big boy bourbon, but 10 years helps hide the proof. Good stuff, and I feel a bit exclusive.