Double Gold Medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
93 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
Belle Meade is a high-rye bourbon with an aggregate mash bill of 64% corn, 30% rye and 6% malted barley, and it’s openly-acknowledged as sourced from MGP, 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.