We shift from Jack Daniel’s to “the other guy”- George Dickel. George Dickel Tennessee Whisky (they leave out the ‘e’ from whiskey) is Jack Daniel’s main competition. The company can loosely be traced back to the mid-to-late 1800s, just like Jack Daniel’s. They put out three aged whiskies: George Dickel No. 8, George Dickel No. 12, and George Dickel Barrel Select. This post looks at the latter. (Review sample provided by Taylor Strategy)
George Dickel Barrel Select is a 10 barrel small batch whisky. It’s not a single barrel, although some retailers can select a single barrel of George Dickel and sell it. George Dickel Barrel Select is the highest-priced whisky in their normal lineup. According to their website, it’s aged between 10 and 12 years and comes in at 86 proof.
I get tons of caramel, vanilla and oak when I nose it. It comes in smooth, a term you don’t usually associate with whiskey. This whisky is syrupy in that it coats your mouth. There is lots of sweet caramel at first, followed by a little bit of spiciness. I’d even describe this as a little buttery… kind of like eating a toffee candy. The finish is sweet. It’s not quick, but it doesn’t linger.
This is the first George Dickel product I’ve tasted. I was going to start with their value label George Dickel No. 8 and work my way up, but decided to go against the grain here. Let’s start at the top. I’m glad I did. Simply put, this may be the smoothest, most flavorful Tennessee Whiskey I’ve tasted. This will run you about slightly north of $40 a bottle.