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George Dickel No:12

Tug of War

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@cheeserandyburgReview by @cheeserandyburg

30th Apr 2015

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I didn't plan on opening this tonight but haven't had a drink in months and wanted to try something new from the cabinet.

Nose - Sweet, light spice, syrupy cream notes along with some toffee.

Palate - Medium, round spicy arrival, with fizz (yes fizz), sugar crystals, explosive sweetness (corn)followed by a slight bitterness (rye) at the end which adds an interesting contrast to the sweet start. With water, much drier and more bitter based. Must be a sour-mash trait.

Finish - Smooth, spicy, and a tug of war between sweet and bitterness. Dry.

Overall, a good (dry) whisky. With a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% malted barley. Quite spicy without water.

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@cheeserandyburg
cheeserandyburg commented

May 29th and this bottle has about 1/3 left in it. I've been enjoying it quite a bit to say the least. I'd have to rate this much higher now. Its gotten smoother, more enjoyable and even sweeter after opening it. I'm gonna fetch 2 more bottles of this - its THAT good! 90 points.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

George Dickel #12 does usually come across as dry, which I like. At 84% corn content this Tennessee Whisky is actually a corn whiskey, by US definitions.

George Dickel Barrel Select, which here costs about double what Dickel # 12 does, tastes a lot sweeter from Day 1. I actually prefer Dickel # 12 to the Barrel Select (and the Dickel # 8), and as you correctly observe, George Dickel # 12 sort of sneaks up on you with its sweet element. Lovely elegant whisky.

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