Belle Meade is a high-rye bourbon with an aggregate mash bill of 64% corn, 30% rye and 6% malted barley, blended in tiny, four-barrel batches from three different source spirits which feature two mash bills and two yeast strains.
Belle Meade Bourbon, bottled at 90.4% ABV, is golden-amber in the glass. On the nose, there's plenty of vanilla at the front, with some caramel. There's a bit of sharp spiciness which reveals that high-rye mash bill. There's also a touch of more complexity with light floral and citrus notes. On the palate, there's oak, molasses, more vanilla, and more spice. There's a modest burn on a quick finish.
Add an ice cube, and Belle Meade develops more robust sweetness, with caramel coming out front with charred molasses. The finish disappears entirely but spice still provides the final note.
"Lovely malt and toasty grain nose; floral and showing pronounced rye notes with toasty vanilla oak and creamy notes; elegant, generous and lush; rich and seductive." From Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.
- The Tasting Panel Magazine - 93 pts
- Wine Enthusiast 91 Pts
- Spirit of the Americas, Nov 2015 - Gold Outstanding Medal
- San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Mar 2015: Double Gold Medal