Belle Meade XO Cognac Finish Bourbon
This expression from Nelson's GreenBrier distillery takes high-rye bourbon aged 6-9 years and blends that together. They then finish that blend in French Limousin oak barrels which once held Cognac XO Fine Champagne for up to 12 years. Rye spice and oak on the nose, with minty and medicinal notes along with brown sugar. Soft entry to the palate it soon opens up big, with vanilla, cloves and nutmeg, and a bit of a sharp, astringent side. Finish is rich, hearty, and long, offering warming notes with a distinct Cognac influence.