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George Dickel

Type

Whiskies

Description

Proprietary brand of U.S. single-malt whiskey akin to Bourbon, but distilled in Tennessee, taking the name of "Tennessee Whiskey." The main difference between George Dickel and Bourbon is the charcoal filtration that Dickel (and all Tennessee whiskey) receives but Bourbon does not. Produced in various age-grades. When Dickel is called for without further description, the 90 proof cream-labeled #12 is generally meant. Note: American whiskey is generally spelled with an "e". George Dickel, chose long ago to spell his like Scotch whisky does, sans "e". Dickel's company produced whiskey in Tennessee until it became a "dry" state in 1910, and in Kentucky until Prohibition (at the Stitzel distillery #17.) After Prohibition, Stitzel-Weller continued the brand as a Bourbon. Schenley bought name rights from Dickel's successors in the early 1950s and in 1958 began the process of moving the operation back to Tennessee to compete with the hugely successful Jack Daniels. Schenley is now owned by Diageo, and George Dickel #12 is the highest proof Tennessee whiskey made today.

Flavor

grain, tannin and oak

Availability

Generally available. Produced and sold in United States. Known to be distributed in parts of North America. Available for on-line ordering in some markets.

Substitute

other Tennessee whiskey, other American whiskey

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