86

Score

Belle Meade 9 year old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finished, 45.2%

Price: $75 Issue: Summer 2019 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Buttery, nutty, and richly spiced, this has all the hallmarks of a sherry-finished whiskey—dried fruit, hazelnuts, chocolate—but retains its bourbon core with strong peanut, concord grape jelly, and roasted corn aromas. On the palate, it's bourbon first: peanuts, cooked cherries, and plenty of oak. But the sherry softens and rounds out the mouthfeel, adding gentle spice, dried fruit, and silkiness.