George Dickel Barrel Select is a small batch Tennessee whisky. Although it’s American whiskey, note it’s spelled without the (e) in whisky. And that’s not the only thing unique about this whisky. It starts with the barrel selection.

Each year Master Distiller John Lunn selects approximately 10 barrels of his best, most mellow whisky. The whisky is between 10-12 years old. Like all Tennessee whiskies it’s been filtered through sugar maple charcoal.

The mash bill consists of barley (8%), rye (8%) and corn (64%). It’s the 8% of rye that gives it that warming cinnamon burst of flavor. This gives way to caramelized ginger notes before deepening into a complex tango of buttery vanilla and steeped fruit.

George Dickel Barrel Select

Producer: George Dickel Distillery

Origin: Tennessee, USA

ABV: 43.0%

Price Range: $$

Awards: San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2006, 07, 08, 10, 11, 13, 15; Beverage Testing Institute 2008 (92) 2012 (92); Wine Enthusiast 2005 (90-95) 07 (90-95) 16, 95


Tasting Notes —

Nose: Oak and cocoa, with a nice whiff of banana lurking in the shadows.

Palette: Sweet but not overpowering, nicely balanced by a warm rye spice. There’s also oak and char, cherry, and vanilla

Finish: Dry with a nice, warm finish characterized by caramel and juicy tropical fruit.

Price Guide:

$$$$$ = Greater than $100
$$$$   = $80 – 100
$$$     = $50 – 80
$$       = $30 – 50
$          = Less than $30

Further Ratings & Reviews

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