George Dickel was a Tennessee distiller who preferred whiskey made in the winter months because he believed that the cold weather mellowed the mash and resulted in a smoother whisky. He also preferred to chill filter his whisky using the Lincoln County process - which has been a staple of Dickel's ever since.
The Bottled in Bond series is a testament to the craftsmanship of the distillery and this year's 13 Year bottling is no exception. Distilled in Fall of 2008, this whisky is a bit older than last year's and two years older than this year's 15 Year Single Barrel release.
This whisky offers a great balance of flavors with a nice touch of heat on the finish. On the nose there is a great savory quality reminiscent of old wood with notes of cigar box, mint and dark fruits. There is also a sweeter element that brings to mind buttercream frosting and candied pecans. The palate is nutty with juicy citrus, a slight spice element, dusky baking chocolate and that classic Dickel note of dill.
This is a solid whisky from the distillery that has been making a name for themselves with their Bottled in Bond releases and the higher age statements of their Orphan Barrel offerings. With Nicole Austin at the helm, this company is making a strong name for themselves and is elevating above the normal rail to midrange whiskies. The price is right too.