The George Dickel Barrel Select is pretty tasty stuff and with each batch being made from just 10 hand selected barrels you’re going to get a bit of variety in your bottle from batch to batch. Not nearly as much as you get with something like a Four Roses Single Barrel, but with batches blended this small there’s a lot of room for variance.
Each barrel of George Dickel starts out life as a dry blend of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley before it’s mashed up, injected with a proprietary yeast strain and fermented in a vat of water. After proper fermentation it’s distilled first using a column still and then gets a second distillation in a pot still. The new make (moonshine) is then chilled and charcoal mellowed before being barreled and stored in a single story warehouse for 10-12 years before Master Distiller John Lunn comes along and picks it out for the small batch blending.
Overall I really enjoy this whisky. The nose is filled with wonderful complex bourbon and dessert notes that get balanced with earthier corn and dark fruit. The flavor profile is sweet punctuated with spices and grain while the finish shows off a bit more of the oak than either the aroma or the flavor. Hanging in a precarious balance leaning towards the sweet notes this is currently my favorite Tennessee whisky and I’ve been enjoying every sip.
George Dickel Barrel Select Tennessee Whisky Review
Age: 10 – 12 years
Mash: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% malted barley
Distiller: George Dickel
Dark caramel with yellow hints
A little weak, but round and sweet it starts off with caramel, vanilla, toffee and corn. Sifting up through the corn husks in this glass are notes of sweet taffy, cherries, butterscotch, a bit of oak and twist of citrus. Hanging around in the background is a bit of astringency that pops up from time to time, but not a consistent factor.
Caramel starts us out but the corn comes rolling in close behind it. Amidst the rolling waves of caramel and corn are notes of vanilla, oak, clove and rye. There is a strange fennel like spice milling about in the background playing tag with a hint of mint. Pinning the whole thing together is a sweet char that’s a bit like a burned marshmallow.
Soft and creamy there’s a refined aspect to it.
Long and satisfying it starts out with some mighty notes of caramel, vanilla and cinnamon which fade to corn and oak
*This sample was graciously provided to me by Dickel’s PR agency.