This new bottling from Dickel flew a bit underneath the radar when it was launched this summer time, but it surely deserves dialogue, because it’s a brand new everlasting member of the George Dickel lineup, carrying an age assertion of 8 years outdated.
At first it could appear there’s not a complete lot to the story — it’s made with the basic Dickel mashbill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and eight% malted barley — however the not-so-fine print signifies a twist. That is “bourbon,” not “Tennessee whiskey,” marking the primary time the model has used the B phrase on any of its labels. The story of why it’s calling this bourbon isn’t solely significant, with some advertising and marketing about how Dickel wished to discover a dwelling for barrels in its shares that had “extra conventional bourbon notes and didn’t specific the Tennessee whiskey tasting traits present in the remainder of the George Dickel choices.” Whereas that could be correct, it’s vital to notice that is truly the identical base product that goes into Dickel’s different Tennessee whiskey releases. Nothing mistaken with that, although. Whiskey producers earmark sure barrels for various manufacturers on a regular basis.
So, acquired all that? Let’s style.
Perhaps Dickel’s on to one thing with this model extension: I’m undecided I’ve ever encountered a extra straightforwardly sweeter expression of Dickel — ever. The nostril has a conventional vanilla and caramel be aware that’s stored in verify by ample barrel char parts, tempering preliminary expectations. However that every one adjustments once you tuck into the palate, the place highly effective notes of butterscotch, vanilla custard, sweet corn, and — nicely, you get the concept — all emerge in brief order. It’s just like the toppings bar at your favourite frozen yogurt joint, stuffed with confections every extra decadent than the following. The end is enduringly, nearly tooth-achingly candy, all caramel corn with syrup on high.
This isn’t actually a critical whiskey, but it surely’s actually not an unlikeable one, both. I might (and can) use it for cocktails, the place the marginally elevated proof will shine — and the sweetness will enable for some restraint towards using easy syrup and its ilk.