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George Dickel Single Barrel

Does it measure up?

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

8th Nov 2021

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    20
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
    85

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  • Brand: George Dickel
  • ABV: 50.4%
  • Batch: 03|11-719

This was kind of an impulse buy. I saw a friend post his online and decided I wanted one too! This is a 17yo George Dickel Single Barrel store pick by Nashville Daily Spirits, barreled on Sep 11, 2003 and bottled "this summer" as I was told by the store employee who couldn't remember the month. This is bottle #173 at 100.8 proof. It does not say cask strength on the label but I looked it up and apparently it is cask strength. Being a hot, humid climate, I would expect this to be much higher proof. Maybe it was on a low floor in the warehouse?

Mashbill: 84% Corn, 8% Rye, 8% Malted Barley

Neat in a Glencairn.

Nose: Bold nose on chocolate, mocha, coffee beans, vanilla, dark berries, a slight nuttiness, oak, and caramel. Nice, bold, "bass." The discernable oaky-ness gives away that this is an older whiskey and is always a welcome part of these older vintages. Very solid nose with a lot of your typical Bourbon, errr, Tennessee Whiskey notes.

Palate: The palate takes a turn from the nose. Less coffee/chocolate and much more oak. Quite oaky, nutty, spicy, even a dill pickle note. When the fruits show up there is some dark cherry, vanilla, and if you look for it a bit of that chocolate/coffee comes back, but the palate is really dominated by oak and nut flavors.

Finish: Decently long finish mixing parts of the nose and the palate and leaving some things off. Towards the very end the dill pickle note becomes more prominent before leaving a nice oaky taste in your mouth and throat.

Overall: Excellent nose on this. Unfortunately the palate does not measure up to the nose. Dare I say, this was probably in the barrel for 1 or 2 years too long. The palate was very oaky to the point that it overtook some of the lovely things from the nose. Which if you really like older American whiskey (and don't want to pay over $100), this might be right up your alley. It's still good, the nose just hypes it up so much to where the palate just can't compete with it.

For perspective, if this were sitting on the shelf for $80 again, and there was a Knob Creek Single Barrell store pick sitting next to it for $50-60, I'm taking the Knob Creek all day. The age demands a price premium, whether the whiskey is actually better for it or not.

3 comments

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

Excellent review! It has everything we need to know...except a sample. I'm thinking it is one of those purchases we don't regret, but are unlikely to repeat. We need more reviews like this one.

22 days ago 3Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@paddockjudge Thanks for the kind words! And yes, exactly my sentiment. Glad I got it, probably wouldn't buy another.

22 days ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@casualtorture - nice review! I've pretty much given up hope of getting any of these 'specialist' bourbons but it's nice to hear about them. Sounds like this might be a touch too oaky for my tastes anyway. Cheers!

22 days ago 2Who liked this?

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