American Whiskey - Unaged/Moonshine

George Dickel No. 1 Foundation Recipe White Corn Whiskey

From: Tennessee, United States Liquor Review Category: Unaged/Moonshine American Whiskey

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2014

Beverage Testing Institute

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Proof66 Notes

George Dickel No. 1 is deemed their "foundation recipe" in that it forms the foundation for all of their (numbered) recipes of charcoal mellowed whisky. This particular whisky is offered un-aged and, as it is predominately made from corn, will hearken back to the moonshine days of the American East and Appalachians. There is a chill filtering process through charcoal to lighten the body and smooth out the flavor (a process often associated with scotch). The marketing label claims it's as "mellow as moonlight." 

The press release suggested a "Tennessee Roots" cocktail taking 4 parts whisky to 1 part each of lemon juice, simple syrup,  and pineapple juice topped with ginger beer.

About the Producer:

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 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
MightyMo848 MightyMo848 (2) (2014-04-29)
Ive had 10 or so unaged bourbons, or corn liquors available for retail sale. This was by far the best. Price was okay too compared to other brands. Knew I could count on Dickle to get it right. It has a lot of the same characteristics as aged white label Dickle, without the aging.
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Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2014-01-30)
It's hard to convince us that un-aged whiskey is worth buying... but the Dickel Un-Aged Corn went about as far as it could. There's a rich, roasted corn flavor that boils out of glass. A touch of ice throttles back the drama a bit and the whole is a pleasing warmth. It's a good example of the class and worthwhile investigating if you're curious. We just can't advise replacing your aged George Dickel with it.
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