George Dickel Barrel Select Tennessee Whisky Review

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

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.


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