Monday, June 27, 2016

Tasting: Belle Meade Bourbon. Single Barrel Select

Belle Meade Bourbon
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Single Barrel Select by The Liquor Barn

Distillery: Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
Age: 9 Years
Proof/ABV: 107.4 proof
Mash Bill: 64C/30R/6B
Average US Price: $55
Release: 2016. Ongoing

Points: 87/100

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery and Belle Meade bourbon have a really cool history. Belle Meade was originally a pre-prohibition bourbon. The distillery was owned by Charles Nelson, after prohibition the distillery never recovered and was closed. In 2006 Charles Nelson’s great-great-great grandsons Andy and Charlie Nelson reopened the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery and re-launched the Belle Meade name. When the brand was re-launched the bourbon was being sourced from MGP, but now through years of researching and seeking capital, they are once again making bourbon from Charles Nelson's original recipes and putting bottles of their small-batch bourbon on shelves!

Nose: Honey, maple syrup, caramel, oak and orange zest.

Palate: Sweet, fruity and spicy. With caramel, toffee, butterscotch and hints of rye and oak.

Finish: A nice long finish with cherry, caramel and rye.

Photo & Review By: Aaron Cave