George Dickel "K&L Exclusive" 9 Year Old Single Barrel #L8269K1006 Tennessee Whiskey (750ml) SKU #1393852

Price: $44.99

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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 our one, and each of our second choices was the other person's third. This barrel (K1006) showcases the darker side of Dickel - it's loaded with cocoa and mocha. Chocolate covered popcorn and fresh cream permeate the nose, palate, and finish. It's deliciously sweet, but never cloying. The 51.5% keeps everything humming along and feeling bright.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow another killer selection of Dickel from Whiteley here. This is much more classic than the 1002 cask showing tons of deep honey, toffee, vanilla bean and sweet corn. With some air hints of freshly roasted espresso bean, peach tea, sandalwood and none of the cinnamon that the other cask shows. It's so rich and sweet on the entry it almost feels sweetened, but then draw some oak tannin into the middle and finishes with a pleasing peppery note. Altogether one of the most balanced and approachable whiskies in the store. Always shocked that these don't fly off the shelves until people taste them, but we're slowly finding more and more people calling themselves lovers of the other Tennessee Whiskey. A real treat to drink and sell.
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    K&L Staff Member
    Sweet flower petals and potting soil. The nose of this bourbon definitely gave me flashbacks to tagging along with mom to the garden center where intoxicating smells abound. Rich peaty soils, chopped lumber, and fragrant floral notes swirl around my head as the whiskey swirls in the glass. On the palate, ultra-dark chocolate, softened by a creaminess that is surprisingly delicate after the intensity of the nose. There's fruitiness here too, like a spiced apple compote. Where many bourbons put me in mind of a rich desert, this one puts me in mind of a hearty breakfast. So...drink this for breakfast? Perhaps not. But I can't think of a better pairing than waffles for dinner and a nice dram of this single barrel.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    I always love the spicy little numbers from Dickel the best, so yes, I have a bias here. I pick up on chili pepper, fresh cracked black pepper, clove, intense vanilla, and a little star anise. Those spices dance on top of a foundation of caramel and orange marmalade. There's also a slightly toasty and very dusty oak profile that completes the package. This bottling's palate is similar to the other Dickel barrel we bought in that the spice level gradually increases throughout the sipping experience showing off Dickel's intensity of robust qualities. Here, though, those spices stay more integrated with the woody and fruity elements. This bottling is a display of both power and balance.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This single barrel of George Dickel is delicious and pleasant. It has a nice velvet mouth feel with some subtle dry wood notes. It continues on to be sweet and easy with caramel richness. It is not heavy or big but a balanced and delicious bourbon.
  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    This Tennessee whiskey is right in my wheelhouse. So much going on in the nose, starting with the fruitiness of baked apples and strawberry combined with more robust notes of toffee, earthy mushroom, and roasted coffee. The palate was rich and full of toffee, caramel corn, and Asian pear. The finish was mild but gave off a very pleasant, sweet, charred wood flavor.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Sweet milk chocolate marries beautifully with spicy dark cocoa nibs and freshly churned butter. The sweet and salty nature of roasted corn shines through. There is a charming pepper spice that livens up the finish and leaves this cask feeling brighter and fresher than the first nosing would indicate. Caramel and vanilla dance throughout the glass, weaving in and out from start to finish. It's a gem of a Dickel cask. As always, proofed at 51.5, just right.


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