George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L8263K1002 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) SKU #1393851

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Tasting Notes

I was honored to have Nicole Austin, general manager and head distiller for George Dickel, visit our Redwood City store with a set of cask samples for K&L to select from. It was exciting to get to to taste with someone so familiar with the whiskies. We followed her general rule of tasting silently through the entire lineup so as to not influence each other's opinions of the whiskies. I started on one end, she on the other, and we worked our way past each other. Of a set of 6 casks, 2 were impeccable stand outs to me for very different reasons. After an initial assessment, we simultaneously chose our favorite two and I was thrilled to see we had matched on one, and each of our second choices was the other person's third. This barrel (K1002) screams classic Dickel. It's loaded with buttered popcorn, caramel, candied corn, and has that amazingly smooth palate finishing with peppery spice that makes these barrels so appealing.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    1/24/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Every time we taste another barrel of Dickel we're reminded of how special the old distillery at Cascade Hollow really is. If this stuff were distilled 250 miles north and had the world Straight Bourbon on it, there's no doubt that we wouldn't be getting as many casks, but because it's not bourbon (in name only) it just doesn't have the clout that it might have. Nonetheless, for those who know they understand that any opportunity to try these should not be ignored. This cask in particular has really got me going. The nose is bold mixture of grade B maple syrup, exotic woods and old leather. The palate is drier and spicer than most Dickels and takes us into the cinnamons, peppers and subtle dark mineral flavors. The whole thing keeps from feeling too tannic at the end with touches of honey and sweet tea. An odd but wonderful example of this special whisky.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    1/19/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Boozy and spicy and a sweety too. This Dickel has a powerful aroma that delivers a lot of character of classic Dickel Tennessee whisky. I'm picking up on clove, pepper, and cayenne playing nicely with dark caramel notes. The palate is initially softer than I first expected, lacking the strong alcohol notes I detected right away on the nose. It starts with soft oak flavors and those rich caramel notes. But then the spice builds across the palate becoming nicely intense. As the spice medley grows in strength, the sweeter components drop into the background with the palate becoming more dry and earthy as I sip and roll the liquid around my tongue. The spice builds to a lovely climax, topping off with a hefty dose of menthol making for a long finish that is equal parts spicy and cooling.
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    1/18/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Well coat me with sea salt and honey and call me "shortbread." This is some fine-drinking Bourbon. The nose is explosive, with a thread of saline, ocean brine cutting through the sinuses in more single-malt-fashion, bolstered by shortbread cookie and caramel candy (on the nose and palate). The first few moments of the palate keep up this fun whiskey-ruse, until the familiar bourbon qualities finally join the party. Chai spices start to emerge as the whiskey begins to feel more texturally complex (chewy, if you will). The finish is long, clean, and goes out on a savory, cedar note.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    1/7/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    I usually taste cask proof products with and without water. This barrel I think is with much better with a small splash of water. Although good without water , the water really opened this bourbon up, bring flavors and aromas to their best expressions. With water the the nose is sweet rich caramel with pretty floral notes. In the mouth it is concentrated with the caramel and subtle spice flavors. There is a nice mouth feel to this whiskey.
  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    1/5/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a whiskey for the candy lovers. The nose gave off what I could only picture to be a Sees milk chocolate candy truffle with raspberry nougat filling kept in a wooden box. End of story. While I usually avoid that particular selection in the mixed chocolate box, it was very alluring to the nose and I loved how the bright, fruity esters played against the chocolate. The palate told a similar story except the fruitiness was more like cherry syrup, vanilla, and a very rich and opulent texture and sweetness. Roasted coffee notes started to come out at the end and the raspberry snuck back into the party as it was dying down. This is a must have for those Tennessee whiskey lovers.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    1/3/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    High toned in comparison to its sister cask K1006. K1002 is brimming with buttered popcorn, caramel, hard candy, and lighter fruitier tones. The fruit really comes through once your glass is empty. With the alcohol evaporated and just the aromatics left in the glass there is a world of banana cream and apple pies and cooked stone fruits that opens. It's a characteristic that makes this one of the sexiest G.D. casks we've ever bottled.

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