Belle Meade Bourbon
Craftsman Cask Collection
The Belle Meade Bourbon Craftsman Cask Collection is a series of unique, almost experimental, cask-finished Bourbons done in extremely limited quantities with most being only a single barrel’s worth of spirit. The entire 2018 release features Bourbon that has been aged a minimum of 10 years before being finished in unique casks, each with its own story to tell. Bottled at cask strength, the series features never before experienced expressions of Bourbon.
These unique expressions are released and revealed one at a time over the course of a year, each with its own release date. The Craftsman Cask Collection series will be sold only at the Distillery Bottle Shop while supplies last.
Release dates and reveals will be announced via Belle Meade Bourbon and Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery social media the week of each release. So follow along and stay tuned.
Fourth Release: “Black Belle” Bourbon
Release date: November 23, 2018
Barrel #4169, 96.5 proof
Barrel #4167, 96.8 proof
Barrel #4171, 97 proof
Time in Cask: One year in Imperial Stout Barrels
Our fourth release in the 2018 Craftsman Cask Collection is a return to the one that started it all, Black Belle. In 2017 we released one barrel of this remarkable beer barrel finished Bourbon and it set the internet on fire. It gave us the idea that trying our hand at other experimental finishes might be fun and thus the Craftsman Cask Collection was born. We will release three barrels worth of Black Belle on Black Friday at the distillery.
This years’ Belle Meade "Black Belle" Bourbon is aged for 10-11 years and then finishes its aging inside of Imperial Stout barrels from Blackstone Brewing in Nashville Tennessee. The barrels start their journey as a Bourbon barrel from our distillery where they are one of the few barrels selected to have aged a Single Barrel worthy Bourbon. Once we dump the barrels, we send them to Blackstone Brewing where they then fill them with their Black Belle Imperial Stout. This 10.2% ABV stout is infused with cocoa nibs and rests in the used Bourbon barrels for at least 7 months. After Blackstone Brewing dumps the barrel they send them back to us and we fill it again with Bourbon and let it rest for an additional 12 months. The result is a robust Bourbon with chocolate and stout notes that smooth the palate, lengthen the finish, and bring even more complexity to the already stellar whiskey.
We have sold out of “Black Belle” Bourbon.
Stay tuned for future releases!
Third Release: Belle Meade Bourbon Tannat Select cask
Release date: September 1st, 2018
Total Bottled: 276 Bottles
Proof: 97.8 Proof
Time in Tannat Cask: 181 Days
Belle Meade Bourbon Tannat Select Cask is the 3rd addition in the Craftsman Cask Collection. The oak cask is from Ramona Ranch Winery just East of San Diego California was first used to age 100% Estate Tannat which won a Double Gold, Best In Class recognition at the Sonoma Grand Harvest Awards.
Balancing the Bourbon with the aggressive nature of Tannat took careful watching of the progression of the finishing cask but the results were worth the time and attention. This cask strength bottling brings a mouthful of flavor and is certain to make you sit up and take notice as the Bourbon and Tannat weave back and forth throughout the tasting experience. Each take the lead at different points but come together for a truly harmonious conclusion. This complex and daring whiskey should be enjoyed neat, with a splash, or on the rocks.
Nose: Red cherry, nutmeg, caramel, and toasted oak
Palate: Caramel and red cherry lead the way with cedar, plum, cinnamon, and clementine rounding out the mid palate
Finish: The finish is long showing plum, black cherry, vanilla, cedar, baking spices and a touch of cocoa
Belle Meade Bourbon Tannat Select Cask is sold out.
Stay tuned for future releases!
Second Release: Belle meade bourbon Honey cask finish
Release date: May 12th, 2018
Total Bottled: 412
Proof: 113.6 or 105.9 (two proofs, depending on barrel)
We are redefining the meaning of the term "Honey Barrel".
In distillery lingo a "honey barrel" is said to be a barrel that produces exceptional flavor qualities. We're taking it to the next level.
For this project we partnered with our friends at Trubee Honey. Check out their story here. They are a fantastic local artisan honey producer dedicated to doing things the right way. We started out by giving Trubee freshly dumped "honey barrels" (traditional meaning) that had aged 10 year old Belle Meade Single Barrel Bourbon. They then filled the barrels with Summer vintage wildflower honey and allowed it to age in the barrel to produce their Barrel Aged Honey. They then emptied these now, quite literal, "honey barrels" and gave them back to us. We then refilled the barrels with our signature high rye blend of Bourbon. For this project we used 8-11 year old Bourbon. We then let the Bourbon rest in these "honey barrels" for a few months until the flavor was just the right balance of whiskey to honey and sweet to strong.
The resulting Bourbon, flavored with real honey in "honey barrels", tastes like no other honey whiskey on the market. The bold and deliciously rich nature of this cask strength Bourbon makes it perfect for sipping neat, on the rocks, or for making a high proof classic cocktail.
We produced only two barrels of this extremely seductive spirit. Price. $120
Nose: Honey, cinnamon, cedar, caramel and floral accents
Palate: Honey glazed pastry, caramel, orange, and cinnamon.
Finish: Long and pleasant showing honey, cashew. vanilla, and baking spices.
we have sold out of Belle Meade Bourbon Honey Cask Finish.
Stay tuned for future releases!
First Release: Belle Meade Bourbon Mourvedre Cask Finish
Release date: March 10th, 2018
Total Bottled: 288 bottles
Time in Mourvedre Cask: 148 days
Mourvedre is one of the primary grapes grown by Withers Winery. Located in California’s Sonoma Coast the winery produces mouthwatering lush and rich wines from this noble varietal. Owner Andrew Tow has been a fan of Belle Meade Bourbon since day one, and when he sent Andy and Charlie Nelson a Mourvedre cask, the brothers knew something special was about to happen. This 10 year-old Bourbon was rested in a single Mourvedre cask and the result is spectacular. Price, $150
Nose: A robust nose of caramel, black cherry, cedar and floral notes.
Palate: Full of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla, toasted oak, baking spices and currant.
Finish: Very long and accentuated by baking spices and cedar atop a bed of dark fruit and caramel.