Belle Meade Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon

Nelson's Green Brier Belle Meade Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon

(0.75l, 45.2%)

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A rich, thick, and award-winning Tennessee Bourbon.

Charles Nelson immigrated from Germany with his family in 1850. His father was washed overboard during the trip and the burden of supporting the family landed squarely on his fifteen-year-old shoulders. He set immediately to work making soap and candles. Then he opened up a store to sell them. Then he expanded the store into a large grocery chain still in operation today. Eventually, he bought-out his Whiskey supplier — the Greenbrier Distillery. Fate and fortune caused that distillery to close in 1909, but Charles Nelson’s great-great-grandsons — Andy and Charlie — re-founded the distillery, producing a range of Bourbons, Tennessee Whiskies, and specialty spirits.

Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon is the third release in Greenbrier’s series of “Special Cask Finish” Bourbons. As the name implies, it is a blend of their high-corn Bourbons — only 30% rye with a dash of barley in the mash — aged between six and nine years. After marrying, the spirit is finished in Malmsey Madeira casks before being bottled at a very respectable 45.2% ABV. This nudges a full and rich complexity of flavors from the wood… which is why this special Bourbon took home the Double Gold (unanimous) at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and was awarded 92 points by

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Malmsey (or Malvasia) is one of the four varieties of Madeira Wine noble grapes. It is the sweetest of the four and also has a relatively high level of acidity. 

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Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark amber. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Rich florals with toffee and mint. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Luxardo cherries, blood orange zest, wildflower honey, and more toffee delivered with a rich and thick mouth feel. 

Medium length with grains and dark chocolate ganache.
Ratings & Reviews
Like drinking actual wine. Very good, but almost too much like drinking wine instead of whiskey.
The Belle Meade Madeira Cask Finish is excellent. You can pay more, but I doubt it will taste any better than the Madeira! I agreed with others the Belle Meade distillery doesn't make a bad bourbon/whiskey!
nice....very nice.... damn! this is good.
Really like this whiskey but prefer their other which is also slightly cheaper. All of their whiskey is great, you can’t go wrong.
Belle Meade is at the top of my list right now, this cask finishes are very good, this one is a sweet spicy easy sipper,
Eh, overpriced and not the best
Different, good flavor with a fruity finish
I like this quite a bit. Definitely pick up the finishing influence (although I admit I've never sampled Madeira wine on its own so I can't say for certain how much 1-for-1 flavor transfer exists). But compared to the standard proof Belle Meade, there's an added subtle fruit sweetness and a bitter sweet component that I would associate with fortified wine. This isn't going to replace non-finished bourbon by any stretch, and could benefit from a higher proofing (what couldn't) but it's a very nice change of pace. Value is questionable, pretty significant price jump over the standard offering, although you do get a little extra age out of the deal just by virtue of the finishing time. I guess Madeira casks are expensive.
Its so enjoyable and smooth. Its not cheap but worth it for something this smooth and tasty. Oh and Id like the reviewer who claimed a $35 dollar bottle tastes this good to give an example. You always get what you pay for and sometimes you pay more for the name, but not this time. Enjoy
Great tasting bourbon with the Maderia Cask Finish. They hv other offerings with a sherry finish & a cognac finish that I'm not as crazy about. This is the very best of that genre !!!
This is a nice bourbon. Opens up with an ice cube. Was tempted to rate it 7/10 instead of 8/10 because of the price point. It's a great bourbon, but $35-$45 bourbons meet (and even exceed) this one. (Note: I paid $81.99 on the Flaviar shop for this one).
This is by far the smoothest bourbon I have ever tasted. I would give it 100 stars if I could!!
Highly recommend this Bourbon. Have never enjoyed a smoother Bourbon for the price -- not even close. A proper glass and cube of ice, and you have yourself the perfect drink!
This was a pretty smooth bourbon. It finished well with great notes of dried fruit.
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