George Dickel 9 Years Old 103 Proof Sour Mash Whisky
George Dickel 9 Years old whiskey is from George Dickel’s private cask programme, which bottles individual barrels of nine-year-old and 14-year-old for individuals. Each bottle is hand labelled and signed by George Dickel’s master distiller.
The George Dickel Hand Selected Barrel Whiskey is a product of the brand’s private barrel program, available as either a 14-year whiskey or this 9-year whiskey. Double-distilled and charcoal mellowed, this Tennessee whiskey is bottled from a single cask following maturation. It’s bottled at 51.5% ABV, and packaged in its own box. It can come with a customizable, vintage-inspired decanter tag and each bottle is individually barrel numbered.
TASTING NOTES OF George Dickel 9 Years Old Whisky
103 proof. Aged nine years. 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% barley. The label does not identify the barrel, but does include the bottle number (mine is no. 102). $40-50.
Dark, ruddy amber. Legs cling to the glass indefatigably, spaced uniformly. It’s a kick to watch the legs fall if you have half an hour to waste.
At 103 proof, sticking your nose in the glass will just burn. But give it a minute (and a little space) and you’ll find toast, sawdust, and creamed corn. After another moment, there’s syrup, caramel, cinnamon, and the very distinct aroma of a tart Granny Smith apple.
Oak, allspice, and barley to smooth out the rough edges. While the flavors aren’t especially surprising initially, the texture is stunning—silky and viscous, coating the mouth, then leaving a cool sensation, as if someone snuck a drop of chilled slivovitz into your glass. It finishes with a pinch of black pepper and wintergreen.