George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L7233K1007 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1338296

When you talk to passionate bourbon drinkers today, most of them are looking for the rich, sweet, boldly flavored, high-proof editions that seem to have completely evaporated from today's market. Part of the reason the Van Winkle expressions (and the Weller bourbons by default) became so beloved, besides the pull of pop culture, has to do with their sweeter profile due to the lack of rye grain in the mash bill as a balance. While not technically categorized as bourbon (Dickel goes by Tennessee whiskey even though it qualifies as such), the distillery's high corn, low rye mash of 84% corn, 8% rye and 8% malted barley results in a whiskey brimming with sweetness, with less of the peppery and herbaceous elements. The only thing that's ever kept Dickel from becoming the next big thing in the American whiskey scene is the low proof, but that's where the company's single barrel program comes in: each K&L selected single cask of Dickel comes with a 9 year age statement and 51.5% ABV, dialing up the sweetness and sending serious bourbon fans into a frenzy. Barrel #1007 is the corniest of the bunch (in a good way) with lots of sweet grainy aromas and notes of buttered popcorn with baking spices on the palate. It's never sweet or overtly rich, however, in spite of those characteristics. The finish is spicy and lively with hints of barrel char and rich oak that linger for minutes. It's a whiskey for those looking for bourbon-like alternatives that still retain their favorite flavors.

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2018 | Send Email
With the lockdown on Kentucky's single barrel programs hindering our procurement of interesting new Bourbon casks, we've switched our focus over to neighboring Tennessee, a state that has always made plenty of outstanding Bourbon they just happen to call Tennessee whiskey. Jack Daniels and George Dickel have been opening up their stocks to us over the last year, and we've been getting to know their barrels quite intimately. This particular Dickel cask clocks in at 9 years of age and with plenty of punch at over 100 proof. The creaminess of the high corn recipe means plenty of sweetness and the finish is all toasted vanilla and crème brulee. We've been paying similar prices for 5-7 year barrels from Kentucky, so getting a 9 year old Tennessee whiskey for sub-$50 is definitely a deal we're going to continue moving on.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2018 | Send Email
I continue to enjoy and be impressed with the Dickel single barrels we get in, not only do they represent such a great value but each one is so unique. Take the #007, the latest in a series we have been offering. This particular bottling is all about the grains. Swirling on the nose are layers of hay, wheat, barley and rye with vanilla and a touch of almond. The palate is dry and a little spice with a beautiful mill grist element and some lovely oak characteristics. Another different, yet delicious, expression for a great price.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2018 | Send Email
George Dickel is like your favorite musician. Any album they put out you just have to listen to because they're all so damn good. This new barrel is no exception. It might be because I've been drinking so much of it that the twists and turns a new barrel brings stand out in interesting ways, but I think this is the best barrel of the season (and I'm afraid our last for a while). There is a darker caramel note here - almost fudge like. The wood spice takes a back seat to the sweetness of the corn itself. Endlessly smooth and still peppy at 103 proof this is another home run.

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Bourbon

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Alcohol Content (%): 51.5