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Belle Meade Single Barrel Bourbon - Cask Strength

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

11th Oct 2017

2

  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    91

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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.

8 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Interesting. What did a bottle of that cost you at the distillery?

2 months ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@casualtorture great review! This is now on the "must watch" list

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@casualtorture, if I ever...scratch that...when I get out to your region the newer distillery that will be at the top of my list to tour is Corsair. Distiller and Connosr member Darek Bell is a wild man in the very best sense of the word. There are hopefully a few of his wonderful and bizarre creations available there that are not distributed most other places, like Grainiac 9 grain bourbon and the now-retired Insane in the Grain 12 Grain Bourbon. Their Quinoa Whiskey is wonderful. Darek Bell has already made and retired probably more whiskey products than many microdistilleries ever get around to making. Nashville is the site of their current. working distillery.

2 months ago 0

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@Victor that one is next on the list! I'm glad you know him by name for when I get out there next month hopefully.

2 months ago 0

Astroke commented

These Belle Meade bottles including Cognac cask are a bucket list for me. I need to be let loose in a Total Wine for an hour or so and sneak back into Ontario unnoticed at the border.

about one month ago 0

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