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Size: 750ml

We at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery are proud to kickoff our resurrection with the release of Belle Meade Bourbon! Originally produced by Charles Nelson in conjunction with Sperry, Wade & Co., Belle Meade Bourbon is a brand that dates back to the American pre-Prohibition era. Known for its bold character and smooth finish, Charles Nelson bottled and sold Belle Meade Bourbon in his day and we, his great-great-great grandsons, are doing the same today. We have hand-selected barrels to create this unique family blend and have come up with something that would make our ancestors proud.

The horses on the front label have a history that goes back to the days of the famous Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, Tenn. The horse on the right-hand side of the label is Bonnie Scotland, one of Belle Meade’s leading sires. Some of Bonnie Scotland’s descendants include War Admiral, Man O’ War, Seabiscuit and Secretariat, along with most of the horses that run in the Kentucky Derby today. Appropriately enough, one of Bonnie Scotland’s fillies was named Bourbon Belle. The horse on the left-hand side of the label is Brown Dick, whose great-great grand sire was simply named Whiskey.

Points of difference

-High rye content

-90.4 proof is the ideal sweet spot for depth of character

-Small batch – 4 hand-selected barrels per batch

Tasting notes

-Nose: Maple syrup and caramel with floral fragrances and a citrus zest

-Palate: Caramel and vanilla with bold rye spice and hints of apricot

-Finish: Long, smooth finish with mellow cherry and plum notes accented by cinnamon, all without the burn found in other 90 proof bourbons

Signature cocktails

Bourbon Belle Old Fashioned


2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon

1/4 oz Maple Syrup

1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

1 dash Angostura bitters


Place all ingredients in mixing glass

Stir briefly

Strain into rocks glass over ice

Garnish with orange peel expressed over the drink

Belle Meade Manhattan


2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon

1 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters

Luxardo cherry garnish


1. Place all ingredients into a mixing glass

2. Stir briefly

3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

4. Garnish with the cherry