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Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve (Batch No. 5), 56.8%

Price: $60 Issue: Winter 2018 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

Oak, corn sweetness, and tropical fruit collide in this powerful bourbon that suggests grilled pineapple and charred corn on the cob. It handles the proof well, but be prepared for a no-holds-barred tongue lashing of licorice, bitter citrus pith, and oak, before a heaping spoonful of butterscotch pudding quells the heat. Reveals even more flavor with water—blueberry muffin, clove-studded orange, and cedar shingle.