American Whiskey - Tennessee Whiskey

George Dickel Barrel Select Tennessee Whisky

From: Tennessee, United States Liquor Review Category: Tennessee Whiskey American Whiskey

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96th Percentile
This score falls in the 96th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2006
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  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2008
  • 2012

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2016

Proof66 Notes

George Dickel Barrel Select whisky is a premium expression where a mere 10 barrels are personally selected by the master distiller to "produce the finest batch of Tennessee Whisky in the land."

The Beverage Testing Institute called this a "dynamic and flashy Tennessee whisky" in their 2012 review.

George Dickel Tennessee whiskies are made with a mash bill (whose proportions are secret) of barley, rye, and corn. Blended down with limestone water from Cascade Hollow, the whiskey is "mellowed" through sugar maple charcoal, double distilled, and then aged in oak. One of their signature processes is to chill-filter the spirit before the charcoal mellowing, which they say creates a special smoothness to their whisky. Note that the distillery has opted to spell whisky without the "e" in defiance of American whiskey tradition (and we'll follow suit here). The label is owned by Diageo.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 4 ratings and 4 reviews.
BDanner BDanner (106) (2016-05-12)
This is good! I'd give it 4.5 if we could give 1/2's. Nice light copper color. Dried bananas and burnt popcorn on the unique nose, with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar. Neat it starts out with char and banana cream (I pick up the banana cream on all Dickels), followed by buttered popcorn and hazelnut (thanks Irishman, I was having trouble identifying that one until I read your review). Just a hint of warmth going down, but this one is overly smooth. Hazelnut lingers on the palate. This one would probably get 5 stars if it were about $10 cheaper and they replaced the rubber stopper with real cork. This one is headed to the back of the cabinet for special occasions.
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Irishman Irishman (271) (2014-07-18)
I would have given this 3.5 stars if we could do half a star. It's very drinkable, but at $45-$50, it's tough to keep t stocked in the bar. The flavor profile has the traditional Tennessee whiskey charcoal, although it is mellowed out quite a bit. What I can't get past is the hazelnut flavor that shoots straight through everything else and really just gets in the way. Not off-putting, but not expected either. All in all, I would buy it once, but I wouldn't go to long distances to seek it out.
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Allan Allan (160) (2014-06-20)
A much better Tennessee whiskey than anything short of a few single barrel JD which varies WILDLY. Best with an ice cube. Sweet corn with some earthy charcoal. Good value for the price.
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-05-17)
Underrated whisky (that's how they spell it there). Lots of corn and barrel influence in the flavor profile. I believe the mash recipe is 80+ percent corn and the rest split evenly between rye and barley. Really is quite delicious. My favorite Tennessee whiskey followed closely by JD Single Barrel. I really can't believe Gentleman Jack is at the top of this category as it tastes like watered down JD #7.
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