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A review from Breaking Bourbon.com https://www.breakingbourbon.com/review/george-dickel-bottled-in-bond-whisky
George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whisky is a limited release whiskey that joins the company’s other standard whiskeys, George Dickel Classic No. 8 and George Dickel Superior No. 12. The company also has a large single barrel program for retailers, and also sells their whiskey to numerous companies and non-distiller producers. Like the other large Tennessee distiller Jack Daniel’s, Dickel uses charcoal filtering, which they claim mellows their whiskey and creates a smooth mouthfeel.
To be labelled Bottled-in-Bond, the whiskey must be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at a single distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision for at least four years, and it must be bottled at exactly 100 proof. Additionally, the Bottled-in-Bond label must clearly identify the distillery where it was distilled and where it was bottled, if different.
A deliciously sweet aroma of cherry, apple, vanilla, and oak with a hint of custard. It’s warming with the perfect amount of intensity that immediately makes a wonderful impression. An extra swirl of the glass further opens up the scents and builds to an impressive apex.
A tasty sweet mix of fruit punch, baking spice, toasted oak, pound cake, and faint roasted peanuts. It’s quite enjoyable and gets even better as you chew on it. To my surprise, doing this allows the flavors to further open up a great deal and become more expressive. The palate nails that perfect Dickel flavor profile you can find with certain single barrels from the company. It can come across as a bit hot for its proof - especially at first sip - but this isn’t that uncommon for Dickel whiskeys in my experience.
A hefty amount of spice and dry oak develops during its finish, grounding the whiskey. It’s uncomplicated as it hits hard and quickly fades. It’s a finish that’s not all that exciting, but more than adequate in its conciseness.
George Dickel Distillery must be one of the most prolific distilleries making whiskey. Where so many distilleries talk about their product shortages and resulting allocation, Dickel-made whiskey can be found practically everywhere. Their single barrel private selections are plentiful, and it seems like every Tom, Dick, and Harry craft distillery is now sourcing whiskey from them. It’s great that they are able to afford this practice as so many large distilleries cannot, but it also seems to have hurt their own core brand. The biggest splash the distillery has made recently is with their infamous “Hot Dickel” release in 2018.
Anyone that has had a great single barrel Dickel can attest to the fact that there is something special and distinctly Dickel tasting about them. Yet, outside of their single barrel program, the company very rarely has a product - limited or otherwise - available to showcase their distilling prowess. In many ways, they are to whiskey what MGP is to rye. They are more apt to allow someone else to showcase their whiskey than they are themselves. George Dickel Bottled in Bond finally goes to great measure to fix this, as it not only showcases the classic Dickel flavor profile proudly, it also shockingly comes in at an impressive 13 year age statement and amazing budget-friendly price point, which is rare in today’s whiskey marketplace.