Belle Meade Bourbon™ Finished in Madeira Casks is the third release in our award-winning Special Cask Finish Series. Like its predecessors, careful crafting and patience results in a product that showcases both a taste of America's Native Spirit and the Old World winemaking methods used in Madeira production.
To finish this offering we selected casks which were used in the production of Malmsey Madeira. Malmsey is the richest and sweetest tasting of the Madeira styles and is renowned for the depth and complexity of its honeyed flavors. This is a result of the wine being "cooked," fortified, and aged in the time honored traditions of winemaking on the island of Madeira.
We filled these casks with a blend of 6- and 9-year-old Bourbons. The robust flavors from the casks pair well with the spicy high rye content of the Bourbon and create a striking profile unlike any other whiskey in the world. The nose is floral with vanilla and hints of toffee. The palate shows dark wildflower honey, vanilla, ripe persimmon, dried black cherry, caramelized raw cane sugar, a touch of plum and a healthy dose of baking spices throughout. The lengthy finish echoes the honey, black cherry, vanilla and spice notes, and adds a touch of malt and chocolate.
Belle Meade Bourbon Madeira Cask Finish has been cut to 90.4 proof and, as with all of our products, is never chill-filtered. The result is a Bourbon of particular distinction and uncommon character. Have it neat, with a splash, over a sphere of ice, or create a distinguished twist on your favorite whiskey-based classic cocktail. However you drink it, you'll know you are enjoying a rare spirit made for the discerning whiskey drinker.