George Dickel No 8. Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky
What the Distillery Says:
The most famous George Dickel whisky. A signature balance of Tennessee whisky flavors, handcrafted for those who want a classic, smooth-sipping experience.
A bold whisky with aromas of light caramel and wood. A smoky finish with hints of maple and buttered corn
What Gary Says:
Nose: Corn bread w/ a bit off drizzled honey, slight medicinal note (iodine?)
Palate: Sweet corn chowder, very soft and creamy, smooth
Finish: Short and sweet.
Comments: If you’re doing a Dickel tasting, definitely start with this (I did it backwards, trying the No 12 first and then the No 8). Both are quite similar, and this reminds me even more of a corn whiskey than what I’ve come to expect as Tennessee whiskey. Basically a younger, lower proof version of the 12. I can’t even refer to this as a “gateway whiskey” for those looking to move from corn to Tennessee whiskey or bourbon, as it doesn’t move far enough out of the “corn” quadrant to count. While it isn’t in my wheelhouse, those who like corn whiskey and a very smooth, easy to drink pour should at least invest $1 or so in a 50 mL of this and see what you think.
What Richard Says:
Nose: A little bland and uninspired. More closely resembles corn whiskey or new make than an aged product.
Palate: Creamy and sweet with a hint of Luden’s cough drops. It’s not inspiring but it defines the overused adjective “smooth”. You could drink this all day if it didn’t leave you on the floor.
Finish: I’m left with a short finish that has hints of wood, pine straw and chalk.
Comments: I’m not a huge Dickel fan per se. I respect it as a good alternative to Jack Daniels but beyond that in the greater spectrum of bourbon and American whiskey it is just too smooth and easy drinking. It doesn’t have a lot of stand out flavor and there is nothing that makes me want to come back for me. There is nothing off putting either but it’s just bland. This is kind of a whiskey for those that don’t like whiskey.