George Dickel No 12. Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky
What the Distillery Says:
The only 90-proof Tennessee Whisky. We blend older whiskies to achieve deep, assertive flavors with an incredibly smooth finish. Bold and brazen, this is our Superior No. 12.
Concentrated flavors of rich oak and subtle vanilla lead to a long finish with hints of maple, butter and smoke. A whisky with enormous depth, range and personality – considered by many to be the gold standard of Tennessee Whisky.
What Gary Says:
Nose: Buttered corn (boiled, not grilled), honey, hint of vanilla and a medicinal note (iodine?)
Palate: Cream of corn transitioning into corn bread; soft mouthfeel and very smooth.
Finish: Short to moderate in length, with a bit of oak as the corn sweetness abates.
Comments: This corn whiskey is . . . oh, err – this isn’t a corn whiskey; it just tastes like it to me. If you like corn whiskey, that’s good news – I do enjoy that from time to time. Unfortunately like many folks, the label sets my expectations – and seeing “Tennessee Whisky” had me prepared for something closer to Jack Daniels than Mellow Corn. Honestly – if I would have approached this like a corn whiskey, I would have a higher opinion of it. The corn (which is 84% of the mashbill!) dominates every aspect of this whiskey for me, and leaves me wanting more of something (anything) else.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Buttermilk cornbread (should there ever be any other kind?) fresh from the oven drizzled with wildflower honey. There is also a corn whiskey note that reminds me of sniffing the fermentation tanks when I was there.
Palate: More developed than the No. 8. It’s creamier with more aggressive black pepper and heat to offset the sweetness of the vanilla cream and caramel candies.
Finish: Dark cocoa powder dusted over wet toothpicks.
Comments: First let me say kudos to Diageo for the artificial cork. Those not familiar with my personal disdain for natural corks should read our site more. Getting back to the whiskey, I like the taste of this one. It’s got enough going on to keep me interested. That said, the nose is much younger than the palate and the finish is blah. Definitely a step in the right direction from No.8. I would pick this over a glass of Jack if I was drinking it straight but it’s underwhelming compared to similarly priced bourbons.