Released in limited quantities early in the summer, it’s a 13-year-old whiskey from a distillery that’s not on many radars. George Dickel is a large Tennessee whiskey-making operation, but it exists in the shadow of the state’s whiskey champion, Jack Daniel’s. On top of that, the bottle was released early in the summer, which is traditionally a semi-dry period for heavy-hitting whiskey releases.
That all said, there wasn’t a whiskey released this year — or in recent years — that looks better by the numbers. George Dickel’s award-getting expression is aged for 13 years, cut to a sturdy 100 proof and sold for $36. That is unheard of in today’s whiskey market and would’ve been a steal almost a decade ago, too. “Such bargains result because Tennessee whiskey lives in the shadow of bourbon, which can easily command three or four times the price at this age.” Jeffery Lindenmuth explains in Whisky Advocate’s writeup. Lindenmuth suggests the whiskey leans heavy into peanuts, fruit and chocolatey flavors.
Will Price is Gear Patrol's home and drinks editor. He's from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He's interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens, and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.
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