George Dickel No. 1
George Dickel // Tennessee, USA
This unaged offering from Tennessee whisky maker George Dickel is made from a mash of 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley, making it a "corn whiskey." It's an example of what George Dickel tastes like after it's been through charcoal filtration but before it goes into a barrel. White dog like this can provide a look at what the essence of the whisky was before the barrel can make its impressions on the final product.
CornMash bill at least 80% corn, no requirement to age, but if aged, must be in either new un-charred oak barrels or used oak barrels.
"Sweet corn and rubbing alcohol assault the nose, though this is a mellower example of unaged distillate than is usual. As one expects from unaged product, the palate is pretty one-dimensional, with lots more corn and black pepper, with the faintest hint of fruit in the background. As with the nose, it's mellower than the average unaged whiskey, thanks to the charcoal filtering taming the raw alcohol flavor, but has little to offer beyond that. Interesting as a taste or perhaps in cocktails. "