American Whiskey - Tennessee Whiskey

George Dickel Old No. 8 Tennessee Whisky

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

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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Proof66 Notes

George Dickel No. 8 whisky is the flagship "black label" expression and is bottled at 80 proof.

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.

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This bottle has 11 ratings and 11 reviews.
US Spirit US Spirit (47) (2015-11-23)
George Dickel No 8 was my first ever blind buy. I was 21, I knew I was a fan of Jack Daniels, and I'd found out that Jim Beam White label wasn't very good, so obviously the next thing to do was to try another Tennessee Whiskey right? (Yes I spell it with an E, that's how we spell it in the US, also that's how the Irish spell it and they invented the stuff). Even better, this costs less than Jack, so I really, really wanted to like it. At first it made a decent impression as its sweet, not entirely flavorless and is undeniably smoother than Jack. It wasn't quite as interesting imo, but for the first maybe third of the bottle I felt like I had a viable alternative to Jack. But over the course of a month or two as I worked my way through the bottle, I was taking more and more notice of an odd chemical "off" taste I found in the whiskey. By the time I finished the bottle, I could detect this off-chemical note even if I mixed the spirit with coca cola. I avoided Dickel for the next 11 years, but then the other night I was buying some hard cider, I saw an airline bottle of old No 8 at the counter and wondered if my taste had changed. I sipped my little airline bottle that night and discovered that while my pallet has changed some Dickel No 8 has not changed. That is, the same "off" taste is still there, but now I can identify it easily. What I taste are oak tannins. George Dickel No 8 is, to my mouth at least, over-oaked. Since Dickel is smoother than Jack, there's a good chance that its aged longer (though both are NAS and neither says "Straight Whiskey/Whisky on the bottle). Also, Dickel I believe uses a heavier char than Jack/Brown Forman. Dickel uses the #4 char, and I believe BF use the #3 char on all of their barrels. So I still don't like Dickel. I'm in a minority here, most people on this site seem to prefer Dickel (and with some justification since it is cheaper and smoother, yet not entirely boring). Me I'll stick to Jack's Old No 7 when I want a Tennessee whiskey, and if I need something similar to Dickel but inexpensive, for me that's Evan Williams or Heaven Hill black label. Given the pricing and the general love I see here for Dickel, I won't say that YOU shouldn't try it. Its still cheap enough for a blind buy. But I don't see myself ever buying it again. Oh, also that airline bottle tasting tells me something very interesting. Nearly all the whiskies I've ever had that I complain are "over-oaked", have been charcoal filtered, so 1, this is a step that works best for younger whiskies or 2, maybe I'm more sensitive than most to this extra step because in each instance I seem to have been in the minority (though not alone) in noticing the issue. Anyway, 2.5 stars but I'm rounding down.
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BDanner BDanner (105) (2015-03-18)
Light golden color. Simple sweet nose. Enters sweet followed by heavy char. I get a little banana cream, but not nearly as much as I get with the Dickel 12. Easy, dry finish with mild burn. Drop in a couple cubes of ice and it really amps up the char, but kills the sweet. Good drinking "whisky". Better than Jack at a substantially lower price. I'd still throw in the couple extra bucks and get the Dickel 12.
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (101) (2015-03-16)
Very pleasant, this whisky has a thin sweet note that hits me right out of the glass. Finish is short to medium in length and contains a pleasing amount of char.
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Allan Allan (160) (2014-03-23)
More of a bourbon man but as far as Tennessee Whiskey goes this is my favorite. Smoother and with a better flavor than J Daniels which is more expensive.
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (55) (2014-03-09)
I've liked all Dickel products better than any Jack Daniels product I've tried. This is very good if you want that nice old southern Tennesse Whiskey funk. For the slight price difference, I'd go with the #12, nut this one ain't far off pace.
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derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-01-27)
I prefer this over jack daniels, but I'm not crazy about either one.
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madirondack madirondack (3) (2013-10-07)
My go-to bottle every weekend. I've tried more expensive and well-known brands, but this is the one.
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Hangernaid Hangernaid (5) (2013-09-21)
To parrot the above reviews, George is better than Jack Daniels at a lower cost. It is the charcoal that adds to the taste, something that is lacking in bourbons and most other whiskeys. This is also a very smooth whisky, mellow, and excellent neat or with an ice cube. My opinion, George Dickle #8 in one of the most under rated distilled spirits on the market. The only drawback is the limited distribution area, it is unavailable in much of the US.
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Thor_Foote Thor_Foote (10) (2013-05-21)
Better than Jack, and you aren't paying for image.
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laflavor laflavor (13) (2011-04-26)
Easy sippin, light and sweet...perfect for summer or after dinner delight
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-09-03)
Some may consider it a bit light in body or find the dryness/char not to their liking. It is a good bargain for someone seeking a better whiskey for less than $20, hell one of the few. A much older and more drinkable whisk(e)y than most in that price range. Cheaper than Jack Daniels, more refined and lighter in body (but not excessively so) a good civilized whisky for someone who is secure in their masculinity quotient (be you male or female).
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