Belle Meade XO Cognac Finished Bourbon Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Belle Meade XO Cognac Finished Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    MGP

  • Bottler:

    Nelsons Greenbrier

  • ABV:

    45.2%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This whiskey is interesting, a little different, and certainly tasty. I like the depth of flavors it brought.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Finish is rich, hearty, and long, offering warming notes with a distinct Cognac influence. Let this one open up for a few minutes in the glass, or drop in some water.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Honestly, there’s a textural brandy-and-bourbon struggle, but beautiful vanilla and nutmeg surface, ensuring it is indeed bourbon. A muted spice comes toward the end with rich caramel. Solid sipper.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: That all said, on the whole it’s a tasty beverage and would never be disappointed to find some Belle Meade Bourbon XO Cognac Finish in my glass.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The high rye component makes as big of an impact as the Cognac barrel, though the finish is influenced heavily by wood and citrus.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is fine, and I enjoyed this product fine but it didn't blow me away or even really leave me feeling a need to try it again.
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  • Nose:

    Clove, cinnamon, odd raisen notes, oak, and a good bit of MGP bourbon baking spices and honey. As hard as the finish may try, it cant hide that this is MGP bourbon.

  • Taste:

    Thin, sweet and definitely a finished MGP. Theres some nice wood spice, wine notes like grapes and honey blend well. Its oddly tannic though and dusty leathery. I like it so far, but more proof would be nice.

  • Finish:

    Short, grows astringent, spicy, clove heavy

  • Overall:

    As hard as I try, I think that MGP bourbon just doesnt scratch any itches for me. This is fine, and I enjoyed this product fine but it didnt blow me away or even really leave me feeling a need to try it again. Maybe the finish just isnt for me but my guess is finishing a base spirit I dont totally love wont have spectacular results. Its a good, solid product though if a bit expensive. Im giving this a Rank 5.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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