George Dickel Hand Selected Barrel 9 years pick at keg n bottle store(750ml)

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Tasting Notes: George Dickel Hand Selected Barrel (Aged Nine Years)

Vital Stats: 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.

Appearance: 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.

Nose: 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.

Palate: 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. The smallest splash of water softens it up perfectly, but even without it, I swear I taste apple, more mild and sweet than tart in the mouth. That flavor alone contrasts and balances the oak beautifully.

The George Dickel Hand Selected Barrel Whiskey is a product of the brand's private barrel program, 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.

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