Review: George Dickel Barrel Select / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of George Dickel. Used with permission.

Image courtesy of George Dickel. Used with permission.

84% Corn, 8% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
Distiller George Dickel (Tullahoma, Tennessee)

This is the top of the line for Dickel, one of the least appreciated large distilleries in American whisky that produces terrific product. As with other Dickel whiskies, this product is chilled and passed through charcoal before aging in accordance with Tennessee whisky regulations. The charring on the barrels is number 4 on the sides of the barrel (i.e. alligator/heaviest char) and number 2 on the barrel head. Only about 10 barrels are selected per batch, so the batches are small. The releases are about 10-12 years old.

Review (2017)

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  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Creamy, fruity, cherries, honeycomb, white gooseberry, vanilla, buttery caramel, charcoal, pencil shavings, leather…such terrific, elegant whisky. The nose grows more rich as it sits – apricot, honey, and nectarine. The palate leads in with oak but is full of brilliant fruit as well – cherries, plums – and typical whisky spices and some nice green tea, coconut, and spearmint notes too. A terrific creamy mouthfeel, and rich dried mixed fruit at the core which is just fabulous. Definitely more mellow than the terrific No 12. A great finish, with lots of oak and even featuring some balsam fir alongside the caramel, oak, grapefruit pith, and dried corn. Terrific!

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very High, based on $60.