Company: Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
Proof: Between 110-120 proof
Mashbill: 64% Corn, 30% Rye and 6% Malted Barley
Belle Meade Bourbon Cask Strength Reserve is a small batch bourbon, with each batch comprised of seven barrels that are blended together at the Green Brier Distillery in Tennessee. Originally sourced from MGP, the barrels range in age from 7-11 years. Thankfully, Bourbon Cask Strength Reserve is available nationally, since you’ll want to seek this out.
The nose is full of rich warm flavors of cinnamon, baking spice, rye spice, and spiced syrup. These are combined with a heavy punch of ethanol. The palate is sweet and full of cinnamon apples, baked pie crust, allspice, a touch of caramel, and plump raisins. Heat is present, although it’s not overpowering and allows you to savor the sip and pull apart the flavors. The sip ends on a warming finish where the heat makes itself known. Baked cinnamon apple pie, a touch of raisins, oak, and rye spice all linger a while along with a heat that stays in your mouth for just the right amount of time.
This is a fantastic pour. Not often does a sip make me think of a single food item, but this really reminds me of spiced apple pie through and through. It’s really nice to see a new release bourbon that’s so full of flavor for only $60. Make sure to seek this one out. Jordan - 09/2018
The sample used for this review was provided at no cost courtesy ofNelson's Green Brier Distillery. We thank them for the sample and for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.