George Dickel Reserve Collection 17 Year Old Tennessee Whiskey (375ml)
Originally exclusive to Tennessee, this 'baby Dickel' is made from the distillery's standard mash - 84 percent corn, 8 percent rye and 8 percent malted barley. The main point of difference to the ubiquitous No. 8 and No.12 bottlings is its extra time in barrel, plus rarity.
Other reviews... Tennessee whiskey shall not be undersold in this flavorful version. Rich notes of caramel and vanilla developing in yellow cake batter with dark caramel, brown sugar, leather, toasted pecans, and hints of walnut, smoked apple, and honey. Then red fruit, baking spice, and complex butterscotch over a palate-coating mouthfeel that’s perfectly warm and balanced all over. As good as it is, it could be better with ten more proof points. Its light proof shows in a shorter-than-desired finish. 43.5% Alc./Vol.
90 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Fred Minnick (Fall 2016)