Belle Meade Bourbon Cask Strength Reserve Named #10 of Whisky Advocate Magazine's TOP 20 WHISKIES OF 2018
Each year, Whisky Advocate Buying Guide reviewers collectively sample hundreds of whiskies. These include rare and extremely limited releases, as well as new and emerging labels that will find their way to shelves across the nation. The panel did not know the identity of the whiskies being tasted—not their producer, country of origin, age, nor price. Most importantly, each of these whiskies generates excitement and marks a highlight across a year of tasting.
“Swirls with the smells of a county fair—candy apples, peanuts, caramel, spiced cookies, and old barn boards, redolent with maturity and complexity. More childhood favorites appear on the palate: cinnamon Red Hots, grape soda, blackberry candy, chocolate-covered caramels, candy apple, and roasted corn, with lush oak rounding out into a peppery finish of cherry cola and roasted pecans. Given the barrel proof, this takes water well. Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery bottles the Belle Meade line of bourbons, sourced from MGP Distillery. Each batch of Cask Strength Reserve averages around 1,000 bottles; ABV varies between 55% and 60%.”
— Susannah Skiver Barton, Whisky Advocate
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