Review #1417 – Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve Batch 1905

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

Review #1417 | Bourbon Review #620

Distiller: MGP/LDi

Bottler: Nelsons Greenbrier

Brand: Belle Meade

Selection: N/A

ABV: 57.9% ABV

Age: NAS


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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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