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Belle Meade Bourbons Sprout Yet More Whiskey Expressions

The folks over at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Tennessee have been on a bourbon releasing roll in recent years as they explore different cask finishing treatments and other variants to their sourced whiskey. The trend continued into 2018 with the earlier debut of their Craftsman Cask Collection, and now we see yet more offerings on the horizon in the form of two more variants.

The first of these, according to information from those behind it, is a cask strength bottling called Belle Meade Bourbon Cask Strength Reserve. This is a blend of seven barrels bottled at cask strength and featuring the same high rye character Belle Meade is known for. This Reserve blend will vary by batch in the likely range of 110-120 proof, with the barrels combined in this whiskey ranging from 7-to-11 years old. The result is a blend that is far greater than the sum of its individual parts. It will price around $60 a bottle.

Alongside the Cask Strength Reserve is the new Select Cask Series. It is slightly similar to the previously mentioned Craftsman collection, but whereas those will typically be available at the distillery only, Select Cask will see wider distribution. More specifically we are talking single cask, cask strength bourbons finished in ex-sherry, Madeira or Cognac casks for an additional stretch of time and released to individual markets across the United States. Each expression will bare a cap strap label with that city’s name.

The first release from Select Cask is said to be a bourbon that was finished in ex-Madeira casks before being bottled at 111.2 proof and priced around $100. It is set to go to Nashville, Tennessee. Future releases may find them selves to the likes of New Orleans, Charleston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

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Nino Marchetti

Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.