Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve

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  • Distiller:

    MGP

  • Bottler:

    Nelsons Green Brier

  • ABV:

    57.9%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Given the barrel proof, this takes water well.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: At the price point, I expect more complexity out of a whiskey. The balance is fantastic, and it is very good even at high proof. Definitely worth a try if you come across it!
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste is spicy and sweet with chili powder and cayenne balanced by honey and caramel, while the finish is medium-length and slightly dry with lingering spices.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: This Belle Meade Reserve Cask Strength Bourbon is just fantastic; this is Kentucky Chew good — that’s the closest thing I can approximate it to in the level of depth and rich “bourboness” it holds inside.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The barrel adds a brief meatiness and also a slightly woody bite going into a long finish that fades to a dusting of cocoa powder, chewy caramels, and York peppermints. There’s a lot of great, classic bourbon flavor packed into this bottle. Seek this one out.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: The nose on this is bonkers good but the palate and finish let it down. This sort of surprises me since I'm typically a fan of the barrels NGB has gotten for the Belle Meade bottlings, but this one is just a miss. Oh well.
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  • Intro:

    This is a cask strength release of MGP bourbon by Nelson's Greenbrier under the name Belle Meade. Let's see how it is.

  • Nose:

    Oak, honey, dates, toffee, musty pipe tobacco. Rich, decadent.

  • Taste:

    Sweet oak, toffee, bit musty. Some heat, malty cardboard, vanilla bean. Not a fan of the malty note.

  • Finish:

    Short to medium - hot and a bit oaky / musty.

  • Overall:

    The nose on this is bonkers good but the palate and finish let it down. This sort of surprises me since I'm typically a fan of the barrels NGB has gotten for the Belle Meade bottlings, but this one is just a miss. Oh well.

  • Score:

    5

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