George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whisky 11 Year (Fall 2008)
Tennessee — Tennessee, USA
Tasted July 21, 2021
Another day, another Dickel. Truth be told, I’ve long had a weak spot for their product - it has the right balance of things I look for in an American corn-based whiskey. I even visited the distillery in 2017, back when going places and doing things was still fairly common. This is a solid, very quintessential Cascade Hollow drop of whisky. Maple candy, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, baked apple, pecans, and toffee on the nose - nice and warm and inviting. The palate has a delightfully buttery quality - 50% is a nice sweet spot here for excellent body without too much heat. Similarly to the 15 year single barrel, this has a sweet-spicy-sweet progression of flavors - maple and buttery toffee up front, with the spice and pepper becoming more dominant in the mid-palate, and a nice maple baked apple finish. This is a drinker more than a thinker, so to speak, but I don’t personally view that as a problem.