Belle Meade Sour Mash Straight Bourbon Whiskey
2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal Winner.
Maple syrup and caramel with floral fragrances and a citrus zest. Flavors of caramel and vanilla with bold rye spice and hints of apricot. Long, smooth finish with mellow cherry and plum notes accented by cinnamon, all without the burn found in other 90 proof bourbons.
The high-rye blend of Belle Meade was designed to make it a versatile Bourbon. It shines whether served neat, with a splash, or on the rocks but it’s also outstanding in a well-made cocktail. The high rye content and 90.4 bottling proof helps Belle Meade Bourbon to stand up to mixers that often mask other Bourbons, thus making it the perfect Bourbon for your favorite classic or craft cocktail creation.
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Belle Meade Bourbon was one of about 30 different labels that Charles Nelson produced in the late 1800’s. It differed from most of his other products in that it was produced in conjunction with a third party, Sperry Wade & Company of Nashville, TN. Sperry Wade & Company was formed by the Sperry and Wade families who were instrumental in making the Belle Meade Plantation a world famous horse farm. Sperry Wade & Company contracted Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery to sell bourbon, rye, corn, & Tennessee whiskies bearing the Belle Meade brand. Belle Meade Bourbon was the toast of the town when it hit the market in 1878 and became known as a great value and top-quality product. However, everything whiskey related in Tennessee would come to a screeching halt when the state became an early adopter of Prohibition in 1909. As a result, the Belle Meade brand, like so many others, was lost and forgotten.
Fast forward to 2006. Andy and Charlie Nelson, two young men just graduating from college, were running an errand with their father, Bill. They were headed to a butcher shop in Greenbrier, Tennessee, just north of their hometown of Nashville to pick up their share of a butchered cow. Running low on fuel, they pulled over for a fill-up and noticed a historical marker detailing the once-influential Nelson's Green Brier Distillery run by Charles Nelson. Charlie and Andy had heard stories about a distiller in the family's past but they were never sure it was more than a glorified moonshine operation. When they reached the butcher, just up the road from the historical marker, they asked if he knew anything about the old distillery. He pointed to some old buildings across the road that were once part of the workings of Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. These buildings included an old barrel warehouse, a building that housed fermentation vats and the old spring house with the spring still running after all those years.
After sipping from the spring they headed back to the butcher who referred them to the nearby Greenbrier Historical Society. You might say that old butcher had some idea of what the boys were in for. It was there that the brothers first set eyes upon original whiskey bottles bearing the family name. Charlie says to this day that it was a moment of clarity unlike any he has ever known. The decision to bring back the family business, once an industry giant, was made then and there in the hearts of the two young men. If not for this chance encounter with a historical marker, who knows when or if the distillery would ever have been reborn?
The Belle Meade Bourbon label was designed to pay respect to two of the most admired studs from the Belle Meade Plantation. It is almost exactly the same as it was more than 100 years ago.
Although Bourbon may be produced anywhere in the United States, it is most commonly associated with Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it has been produced since the late 18th century. Made from a mash bill containing at least 51% corn, the Bourbon Whiskey distillate must be aged in new, charred white oak barrels. Bourbon Whiskeys are bottled at eighty proof (40% abv) or higher and cannot contain any added color or flavor. A versatile spirit that can be sipped neat, with water or on the rocks, it also performs nicely added to cocktails like the Old Fashioned.