Reviews and opinions on various bourbon releases.
My first experience tasting Belle Meade was a few years ago at an event in Louisville. The featured guest speaker at the event was Charlie Nelson, great x 3 grandson of Belle Meade founder Charles Nelson. A few weeks later, I took their single barrel product – at the time it was proofed down to 90.4 – to a blind tasting in which it was the clear winner of the night; favored by five of the seven tasters.
Some fellow bloggers told me to pull the trigger on this purchase while in KY and I am glad I did. There are not many bourbon-rye mixes out there to compare this to, so it is actually a unique product. Only a handful of other products come to mind that have done the same thing (Wild Turkey Forgiven, High West Bourye, and Jefferson’s Chef’s Collaboration). This is another High West product that I really enjoy. The blend of bourbon and rye works really well here. Has a nice balance of sweet and sp
While the name Hunter’s Select Barrel Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey may be confusing, this is a bourbon made in Tennessee and NOT a Tennessee whiskey. It has not gone through the Lincoln County Process of charcoal filtering before aging. This bottle improves significantly with time and rewards patience. My tasting notes from when I first opened the bottle to my second try a couple of weeks later were very different. Take your time with the bottle and savor it. Colonel Hunter is watching you.
The bottle says it has flavors of dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla. I picked up cherry, and that’s a dark fruit. I tried and tried to pick up caramel or vanilla, and it just isn’t there. I’ve been sipping on this bourbon for nearly a month, giving it plenty of time to oxidize and for other flavors to make themselves known. If the vanilla and caramel are there, they’re just overwhelmed by the oak and spice.
This has been out for a while, but I found one on the shelf in Virginia. I was disappointed in this bottling of 1792. I have had bottles of the Small Batch and Sweet Wheat and tasted the Single Barrel and Port Finish. I bought my bottle because of my experience with other 1792 expressions. This does not come close to any of those. It just doesn’t have a lot of taste. I would not buy another bottle of this one.