This is the first one of the series of cask finished Belle Meade I’ll be reviewing and I have to say it feels the least cohesive of the group. It has elements of a good bourbon and a decent cognac, but they don’t seem to mesh into one and feel like they float around each other a bit like oil and water.
Overall it’s light and the obvious thing I’ll note on is that the Starward Nova Australian Single Malt is youthful and it shows. Setting that aside for a moment my favorite part of this whisky is the fruit and accompanying wine notes and how they weave their way throughout. Seems like the wine casks have worked well here because it’s not overbearing, just needs more maturity.