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 #1008 is like a big bag of toasted caramel corn with power and intensity from the bold proof. Those who love the sweetness of classic Tennessee whiskey with the punch of cask strength Bourbon will be elated with a finish of sweet vanilla and hearty baking spices.
By: Andrew Stevens
K&L Staff Member
Another hit from our single barrel, cask strength program with Dickel. These bottlings are some of the best price for performance American whisky we are offering and the #008 is one to pay attention to. Essentially this is big beautiful Tennessee whisky that opens with a sweet popcorn note with layers of caramel and rich wood spice. The palate is rich and practically decadent with a lovely toasted oak and vanilla flavors playing off of the spices. On the finish there is definitely a rising heat but calming it with a little water allows more green fruit and cardamom come to the front.
By: Jeffrey Jones
K&L Staff Member
Barrel 1008 shows the lusty side of the Dickel single barrels. It is big and round with juicy rich flavors of caramel and honey. There is a nice long sweet finish. Another delicious Dickel single barrel selection.
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