Christmas Countdown 2020 #11: George Dickel Bottled-in-Bond 13 Year (2005)
Distillery: Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.
Age: 13 Year. Distilled in 2005.
Mashbill: 84% Corn, 8% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
Price: Courtesy of /u/bradbobaggins
Color: 1.6, Mahogany/Henna Notes.
This particular review was done blind.
Nose: (according to the wife) It smells nice, sweet, and dessert-y. There’s a bunch of maple syrup, some vanilla, and a lot of bourbon brown sugar ice cream.
Palate: There’s a little bit of heat but not so much that it’s undrinkable at full strength. You get cherry and brown sugar mostly. With just a little bit of water, it cools down considerably. More of that bourbon brown sugar ice cream note comes out. It’s sweet and rich. There’s a hint of maple along with some assorted toasted nuts.
Finish: Medium in length. There’s a bit of artificial cherry and a little bit of ethanol, even with water.
Guess: Bourbon for sure, aged 4-6 years in length, 90-99 proof. No clue on the distillery so I’ll guess Elijah Craig.
Reveal: George Dickel Bottled-in-Bond 13 Year (2005)
Conclusion: After my first smell of this, I almost had to double check to make sure I wasn’t about to have a bourbon brown sugar ice cream. I definitely did after my first sip with some water. It’s sweet, slightly creamy with that beautiful marriage of bourbon and brown sugar. Absolutely addicting and probably a bottle I’d down far faster than I’d like to. Would I buy a bottle? Yes.
Final Score: 82.
American Whisky Review #80, Tennessee Whisky Review #5, Whisky Network Review #353
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.