Belle Meade Bourbon [$39.99]is a brand that dates back to the pre-prohibition era. Initially produced by the first Charles Nelson of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in the mid-19th century, Belle Meade been revived by his great-great-great grandsons, brothers Charlie and Andy Nelson, more than a century after Prohibition shut down the original works in 1909. At its high-point, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery was known the world over, selling close to 380,000 gallons of whiskey annually, more than ten times the production capacity of other known brands. With whiskey in their blood, Charlie and Andy Nelson have set out on a grand journey and are hard at work to develop their first bottled batch of the revived Belle Meade, which has already been well received in whiskey circles and is found in discriminating bars and restaurants across the country. Hand-crafted in small collections of just four-barrels each, Belle Meade is distinguished by a high rye content, clocking in at 90.4 proof, the ideal ‘sweet spot’ for depth of character; its vintage label reflects the American distilling tradition and pride in a family business that was lost for a century. Just after the New Year, the Nelson brothers will open their own generation’s Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery and Tasting Room in Nashville’s creative and colorful Marathon Village complex, bringing their passion to life – and to the people.
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