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Mar 9, 2010 07:14 AM

George Dickel Tennessee Whisky Revisited

So I have been working my way through tasting various Rye, Corn, etc. American whiskeys recently. Jim Beam, while simple is always a standby. I like Old Overholt quite a bit.

In general I like my American Whiskey on the leaner side. Real favorites are the products from Tuthilltown Distillery, but at $35 a 375ml quite pricey. You can find a full 750ml bottle of the unaged corn whiskey on the internet for about $30 and it is well worth it.

Been meaning to try Wild Turkey 101 Rye, but have not gotten around to it. Jim Beam Rye is just a little simple.

I find increasingly the sweeter beefier American whiskey's are just too much. I used to like Jim Beam Black quite a bit, now I find it just swamps my palette. Likewise for the Rittenhouse 100 Rye. Too sweet, too much wood, just too much.

In another thread someone mentioned George Dickel Tennessee whiskey a while back and I realized I had not tasted it for 10+ years. An old friend swore by it... I remember tasting it way back when and neither loving nor hating it.

Just bought a bottle last night, and I must say, it really hit the spot. Lean, not overblown, yet complex, and very smooth on the palette. Felt like I could just keep refilling my glass. A hint of sweetness, a hint of wood, a dash of vanilla, and then numerous other complex notes that I will have to re-taste to get a handle on.

And it's not crazy expensive. Think I paid $18 at Martignettis.

Might have a solid spot on my permanent rotation.

Curious to see how it stands up to a cocktail with some of my house-made bitters and the Carpano Antico Vermouth a friend just gave me.

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  1. I love Dickel and prefer it in a Manhattan (with Carpano Antico) over anything else.

    Which Dickel did you try?

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        The 12 is great; a lot of character to it. I actually like it better than the Barrel Select, which is supposed to be the more premium offering.

        1. re: sku

          Have you ever heard of the "Cascade Hollow" bottling? It was actually a marketing e-mail from this company that got me thinking about Dickel again. But I just bought it at the local here in Boston.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            I've heard of it but never tried it. I've never seen it on the shelf in California.

    1. Just to add a little more. I have over the years tasted most of the fru fru American whiskey bottlings out there. A while back I went through a Knob Creek phase, and a Maker's phase, but Dickel really stands out to me. These days all of the fru fru bottlings just taste over done to me.

      1. I'd highly suggest Jefferson's for a similarly priced bourbon. In NH right now its on sale for 25 and sometimes you can get it for 20. Regularly, its priced at 30. Really smooth, but still has a ton of flavor.

        1. Dickel Cascade Hollow is my old standby American whisky. I'll be loyal to it from now on.

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          1. re: Perilagu Khan

            Can you compare it to the regular Dickel?

            1. re: StriperGuy

              Afraid not. Cascade Hollow is the only Dickel I've tried.

          2. Hi all,
            Went to a tasting at my local wine store for different whiskeys and burbons.
            I love Buffalo Trace. Have bought a few bottles so far.
            I do drink JD single barrel and Gentleman Jack a lot also. Yes it is a little sweet but i enjoy it straight up or on the rocks.
            Have Tuthilltown burbon and its great also.
            If you travel down south, they do have some local stuff and its pretty good as well.