George Dickel 9-Year Hand Selected Barrel Sour Mash Whisky (Tullahoma, Tennessee)

George Dickel 9-Year Hand Selected Barrel Sour Mash Whisky
(Tullahoma, Tennessee)

Regular price $60.00 Sale price $46.97 Save $13.03

84% corn, 8% rye, 8% malted barley

103 (51.5% ABV)

Whiskey Reviewer:
"Out of the bottle and into the glass, the Dickel Hand Select lightens greatly, taking on a bright coppered, middle amber tone. It’s the kind of coloring where the copper doesn’t catch the light like a polished cook pot, but instead filters it like stained glass.

The scent is floral with sweet citrus and honey, with a powerful stream of vanilla and caramel and notes of cookie spice and toasty wood. Compared to the Barrel Select, this whiskey has a bigger, richer and more complex nose.

Taken neat, the 103 proof makes this a bold whiskey. The silky texture oozes with vanilla, while the fruity sweetness balances off the dry, toasty wood and the spicy kick. While not nearly as mellow as other Dickel whiskeys, it’s still a very mellow sipper for a whiskey with an abv in the lower 50s. The kick is a light one, and comes straight from the spicy and woody flavors rather than from alcohol heat.

Following on that last part, the finish is mild. A little toasty wood and sweetness lingers on the tongue, and while warm at first, the warmth quickly fades. That last characteristic makes me think this might be the perfect thing for someone looking for a stronger Tennessee whiskey to drink during the summer months.

All that adds up to Dickel Hand Select being a full step better than its cousin, Barrel Select. The two clearly share not just the same roots, but come from the same branch of the Dickel family tree. That said, the private barrel Hand Select is a much riper, fuller fruit." - Richard Thomas (December 17, 2014)