Wednesday, July 31, 2013
George Dickel 14 for Park Avenue Liquor
I've always been a fan of George Dickel, the "other" Tennessee Whiskey overshadowed by it's more popular neighbor Jack Daniel's. While Dickel 12 remains one of the best deals around, I've often wondered why we never see any special releases from Diageo's only American whiskey distillery. It would be great to taste older or higher proof expressions.
Well, we finally have one. Dickel apparently has a new barrel selection program, and Park Avenue Liquor is offering a 14 year old Dickel exclusive selection at 53% abv.
George Dickel 14 year old, Park Avenue Liquor Exclusive, 53% abv ($90)
This stuff smells exactly as you would expect. It's got all those mineral and lumber notes that are typical in Dickel along with some extra wood. The palate starts in with chocolate, then gets some of those mineral notes, some nice wood and a touch of maple syrup at the end. The finish is probably the weakest part of the tasting; it's a bit hot with oak and a vague mineral note along with some citrus.
This is exactly what I've been waiting for, a high proof, more aged Dickel that hits all the right notes. I can honestly say this is the first new bourbon release I've been excited about in quite a while. It's a bit pricey, but it's still available, and you know how the market is these days, so I would buy now if you're interested.