Belle Meade Bourbon Cognac Cask Finish ($75)
The Bourbon barrels selected for this offering had a 30% Rye content. Chosen Barrels also had 6-9 years of age on them prior to entering their secondary aging vessels. They were finished in French Limousin Oak that previously contained XO Cognac that aged in them for 12 years. Vanilla, tangerine zest, and a potpourri of spices leap from the nose. The delicate leaning palate shows off black tea, brown sugar and toasted pecan. Toasty oak, vanilla and bits of honey are all in evidence on the persistent and complex finish.
Belle Meade Bourbon Madeira Cask Finish ($75)
Belle Meade bourbons with six and nine years of age on them were placed in used Madeira casks for additional aging. Bits of praline, Mexican vanilla bean, and ripe fig burst from the nose. The substantial palate shows off toasted mixed nuts, red fruits, dates, and burnt brown sugar. Baking spices, dark chocolate, and mesquite honey are all part of the noteworthy finish here.
Belle Meade Bourbon Sherry Cask Finish ($75)
This limited release 9 year old Bourbon was finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks brought over from Spain. The Nelsons chose small quantities of barrels from their reserve stock to create this expression. From the first whiff to the last sip this is distinct and impressive Bourbon. Toasted nuts and wisps of tobacco inform the nose. Bits of rum raisin, toast are in evidence on the palate alongside mission fig and date notes. Leather, spices, hints of chocolate, and a touch pf caramel are all present on the long, warm finish.