Review #535 | /r/Bourbon Review #302 – Bella Meade Hardpour Corn V.2
The Schtick: This is a group pick Belle Meade bottling. It is bottled at cask strength and the base is sourced from MGP in Indiana.
Distiller: MGP/LDI (Indiana)
Bottler: Green Brier Distillery (Bella Meade Label)
ABV: 62.85% ABV
Nose: Really prominent corn here. Toffee, peanut brittle, loaded with caramel. All sweet, no substantial oak presence here and it’s also pretty dormant on the pepper / tobacco front. This nose is really reminding me of a well aged Knob Creek Single Barrel store pick, but almost even a hair sweeter.
Taste: Thick, rich mouthfeel. For the proof, the heat is mysteriously absent but the viscosity is bonkers. Sweet caramel, kettle corn, faintly funky in that MGP cocoa / oak / tobacco way. Really compliments well. The richness is really surprising.
Finish: Long, mild heaet but still impressively rich. Lots of caramel, kettle corn and some nice cocoa as well.
Overall: Overall, I’ve generally found that Belle Meade picks are average to good. This was phenomenal. The richness and depth of flavors was really something. It was sweet and savory without being a bitter oak bomb and really jived with me. Digging the name, too.
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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