In not so elegant terms, George Dickel is that “other” company that makes Tennessee Whiskey, dwarfed by the gigantic Jack Daniel’s. Regardless of size, Dickel and Company have kindly and thoughtfully graced us with George Dickel Bottled in Bond, a limited-release 13 year old Tennessee whiskey that was distilled and barreled in 2005. Given then trend of disappearing age statements, 13 years is a lifetime even for established distilleries that are running low on older whiskey (it’s slowly improving). Craft distillers are still years away from having anything that old.
Dickel is often unknowingly best known as the whiskey in Smooth Ambler, Heaven’s Door, and Barrell bourbons, with these companies charging huge premiums for it. Now, George Dickel has cut out the middleman and released their own premium Bottled in Bond Tennessee whiskey for a shockingly reasonable $40. Older, as well as “limited”, doesn’t necessarily mean better, so let’s start this George Dickel Bottled in Bond review to find out if this is worth a spot on your shelf.
*As of December 2, 2019, George Dickel Bottled in Bond is Whisky Advocate’s 2019 Whisky of the Year.