The Whiskey Reviewer: Belle Meade Sherry Cask Bourbon

"On the palate, the whiskey flows with a silky feel. The flavor is dry and woody, and a touch peppery, with these Scotchy aspects well-balanced against the bourbon characteristics of brown sugar sweetness, vanilla, and in this case some added nutmeg. The sherry presence doesn’t add the wine and dried fruit flavors so often found in Scotch sherry-bombs, but instead enhances the woodiness and pulls it away from bourbon barrel char or the ultra-oakiness of very old bourbons, and takes it more towards the style of wood notes found in Scotch.

The finish delivers a light, spicy afterglow, supported by long-lasting warmth.

The Belle Meade Sherry Cask Bourbon is certainly an interesting dram, the sort of thing I would enjoy as much for the studying of it as for the simple pleasures of drinking it. It’s certainly a must-try for anyone who is both a bourbon and a Scotch fan."