George Dickel is still hand-made, step by step. The folks at the distillery proudly and painstakingly adhere to the process that George himself approved more than a century ago.
George Dickel White No. 1 Corn Whisky is a 91-proof whisky with a clear appearance and initial aroma that is soft, yet full of raw grain -- not dissimilar from moonshine. However, the raw notes vanish upon a mellow and smooth first taste, with a creamy sweet corn flavor. And finally, the Chill Charcoal Mellowing process nods to George's historic affection for "Winter Whisky" and gives the liquid a softer, smoother finish than traditional moonshines.
Each year, at peak periods of maturation, Master Distiller John Lunn selects approximately 10 barrels of his best, most mellow whisky to produce an exceptionally fine small-batch Tennessee whisky. Aged between 1012 years, this 86-proof gem provides a consistently smooth taste, perfect balance, rich amber color and a hint of vanilla. Aided by charcoal mellowing and the slow aging process, these distinct characteristics create a super-premium whisky in a class of its own.
As with Dickels corn-based whiskeys, Dickel Rye is very silky smooth, that charcoal mellowing having done its duty admirably. But theres ample rye character here chewy raisin bread with ample cinnamon notes. Vanilla a-plenty. Cocoa powder finish. Overall, the body is light and easygoing, a pleasant and sweet rye that would work well in any cocktail.