American Whiskey - Rye

George Dickel Rye Whisky

From: Indiana, United States Liquor Review Category: Rye American Whiskey

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98th Percentile
This score falls in the 98th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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George Dickel Rye was first launched in 2012 and, unlike typical Tennessee whisky that goes through a charcoal "mellowing" rather than traditional aging, the rye whisky spends at least 5 years in barrels prior to "mellowing" and bottling. The grain bill is said to be 95% rye and 5% malted barley, which we take to mean an intense, spice-rye flavor suitable for the classic American cocktails such as a Manhattan or Old Fashioned.

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This bottle has 12 ratings and 12 reviews.
Tango Tango (121)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-11-28)[Updated Review]
George Dickel Rye is smoother than Bulleit Rye.The nose is complex with rich oak , caramel, ginger and chocolate. The entry is smooth with palate of oak ,mint, maple, and vanilla ending with finish of spice , mint , and oak.The mint and smoky oak is highlighted in the finish.I do not like heavy accent of mint. It seems to be artificial favor . Note that George Dickel Rye is not straight rye and can contain 2/1/2 % flavors added by ATF Law. It is not bad whisky , but not great neither.
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skorpitarius skorpitarius (22)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-10-24)[Updated Review]
one of the first ryes I tasted . a brawny brash monster of a Tennessee rye, if you ask me ... good for mixing and it's not the lighter/sweeter style of rye that is out there ... One of my top 5 favorite whiskers of any style and a really good bargain, price-wise.
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KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (232)
Rating: 3.9 (2016-10-12)
A very solid rye. I really dig the mint and fresh dill nose and taste - very unique. The finish is surprisingly sweet, but in a good way. Makes a great old fashioned. I slightly prefer Rittenhouse BIB and Bulleit, but I will definitely buy again.
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BDanner BDanner (272)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-09-30)
Have been wanting to give this one a try, but my local ABC doesn't carry it. Decided to pick up a bottle while travelling the other day. It has been a long time since I've had Bulleit (LDI's 95% Rye) so I can't compare GD Rye to it, but I can compare it to a more recent purchase, James E.Pepper (Also an LDI 95% Rye). They are very similar. Both have a Rye heavy nose with a heavy dose of dill and an almost shellac or varnish note. On the palate this one is missing the vanilla sweetness on entry that the JEP has. It's there, just not as pronounced. I don't know if that is a by product of the longer aging, the charcoal filtering, or the lower proof. The dill is there, as well as the peppery spice. A minty aftertaste lingers after a short, sharp finish. While I liked the JEP a little better, this one is around $10 cheaper and worked just as well in my Old Fashioned. Not my favorite rye, but still a solid choice.
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Review Comments
Tango (2016-11-29):
I have to agree with you. It is not my favorite rye. The mint flavor whether natural or artificial lower the rating for me.The mint is more like menthol flavor in medicines.

Cranecreek Cranecreek (157)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-09-08)
I have been trying some Rye whiskey as of late and this Dickel along with Jim Beam and Knob Creek are on the list. Years ago I had Rittenhouse & Bulleit , the Rittenhouse I liked not so much on the Bulleit. But this review is about George Dickel Rye. They are very transparent about their source for this Rye (MGPI) and I can taste the resemblance to Bulleit which has the same source. Nothing against MGP but their 95% rye recipe just does not do it for me. This Dickel is different from the Bulleit probably because of aging and the filtering. I found this whiskey to be very smooth with good Rye notes and Vanilla, but no discernible Oak. What I did get was Spearmint & good amount of an herbal quality. A bit too much of both for me. It was like "Long Island Tea" now some may really like that, but there was not enough barrel influence for my taste. (could be the filtering).
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Cgtboy1988 Cgtboy1988 (118)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-07-23)
A very nice, dry rye. I was not as blown away as I expected based on the rating here, but it is good stuff nonetheless and the price is extremely good. It is not sweet as in Saz, but is more along the lines of a Wild Turkey rye in sweetness. The flavors seemed more fresh and perhaps even herbal than the typical spiciness found in rye. I think this is my go to for a dry rye- I like it much more than Turkey (which itself is not bad). Good neat, mixed, or wherever but I would generally prefer a more sweet whiskey if drinking straight.
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tdwester tdwester (20)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-02-07)
Very nice rye. I picked this up on sale for 18 and will make sure to get more. Fantastic for mixing in cocktails or just sipping neat. If I had a choice between this and baby Saz I would pick the Dickel rye 8 out of 10 times. This just has more Rye spice then Saz.
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Yankel W. Yankel W. (70)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-05-15)
Sourced where some other ryes are sourced. GD is up front about that. It is very good, and has the nose and palate difference from the filtering and longer ageing in oak. Not as sweet as Redemption Rye, but this stuff is tasty. I won't say harsh, but "brighter" than Redemption - more like whisky. The price is holding in spite of the increasing demand for Rye products. The GD 12 is also a favorite sippin whisky.
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Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-12-23)
As good as any rye I've had to date. Very clean and balanced. Oak and mint on the nose. Oak, mint, vanilla, and a mild frosting like sweetness on the palate. I like it better than Bulleit and it's a toss up with the Sazarac 6 year. Well worth the price.
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Hotspur17 Hotspur17 (33)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-06-13)
good bottle in the price range.
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Irishman Irishman (323)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-11-07)
Pretty much all rye here - very tasty in an Old Fashioned. If it were under $20 it would be a no-brainer to keep in your bar.
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dinglebarryspls dinglebarryspls (10)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-08-22)
deelish especially for the price. very spicy and somewhat deliciously harsh
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