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Belle Meade Cognac Cask Finish Bourbon
About Belle Meade Cognac Cask Finish BourbonCharles Nelson was born on July 4, 1835, in a small town in the Mecklenburg-Schwerin state of northern Germany. In 1850, his father decided to move the family, which included five other siblings, to the United States for a chance at a better life. During the journey across the Atlantic, John Nelson passed away and Charles — just 15 years old at the time — found himself the breadwinner of the family.
After working at several odd jobs throughout the Northeast, Nelson settled in Nashville and opened a grocery store built on the foundation of his three best-selling products: coffee, meat, and whiskey. Demand for Nelson's whiskey soared during Reconstruction such that he shuttered his grocery store and opened up his own distillery. The distillery, commonly known as “Old Number Five” due to the fact that it was given Distillery License #5, became one of the largest in the United States and was the first to produce Belle Meade Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Old Number Five was eventually forced to close its doors during Prohibition, but today, Charlie and Andy Nelson — Charles Nelson's great-great-great grandsons — have taken up the family business once more.
This cognac finished Belle Meade Bourbon is made from a mashbill of 64% corn, 30% rye, and 6% malted barley. Once the grains are milled and mashed, they are fermented with two unique strains of yeast. “I think the two yeast strains really work well together to create that balanced flavor,” says Andy, “not going too heavy or too light on any single characteristic.” Following fermentation, the bourbon is distilled and matured in new, American oak casks before being finished in French Limousin oak barrels which once held Cognac XO Fine Champagne for up to 12 years.
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There are not many things more American than bourbon, and although most of it is produced in Kentucky, it can be produced all over the USA.
It must be made with at least 51% corn and bottled at 40% ABV or higher. So why not give this American classic a try?