The George Dickel distillery, purveyors of fine Tennessee whisky, have something new up their sleeves this year: a straight rye whiskey. Although there's nothing actually Tennessean about it — the whisky is made in Indiana and bottled in Illinois — the early reports are very good. I hope to be doing a tasting soon.
From Mad Men fashion to vintage home décor, the resurgence of “classic” trends continues to invade modern pop culture and the world of spirits / cocktails is no exception. In recent years, rye whisky – the stuff Sinatra, Sammy Davis and the gang used in their Manhattans – has grown 30% as the art of classic cocktail mixology is firmly back en vogue.
Seeking to add an exciting new option to the category George Dickel Master Distiller, John Lunn, has met the demand of consumers, mixologists and bartenders alike with the release of a rye created the George Dickel way – chilled and then charcoal filtered for the smoothest taste around.
The 90-proof rye whisky has an amber, golden appearance. According to F. Paul Pacult, American spirits expert and author, the initial aroma of George Dickel Rye delivers a fresh, grainy scent with a pleasant note of fruit on the finish. Those fruit notes maintain upon first taste and the liquid finishes with a long, composed spiciness.
Shipping nationwide at the end of Nov., George Dickel Rye will retail at a suggested price of $24.99 for a 750 ml bottle.