George Dickel 11 Year Old Bottled in Bond

This is our first Whisk(e)y Wednesday of the Holiday Countdown Calendar, so here’s a whiskey! You will gain a sense of a theme over the remaining 23 days, but I may stray a bit from time to time.

George Dickel 13 Year Old Bottled in Bond was awarded Whiskey of the Year by Whisky Advocate magazine for 2019. Hold on, don’t get too excited, this is not that bottling. However, I think they did a fine job on this newest release. The 2020 release is an 11 Year Old Bottling that will not disappoint. If you were lucky enough to snag a bottle, you already know how good it is.

It was made according to the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, and its mashbill—84% corn, 8% rye, 8% malted barley—and charcoal-filtration process are identical to that of the 13 year old. The final blend was comprised of barrels from the same distilling cycle, per the Bottled in Bond Act.

  • Preparation: This whiskey is 100 proof, so it may require a little more prep. I would suggest chilling your sample bottle in the fridge for an hour, or pour your sample over an ice cube.
  • Tasting Glass: Glencairn is fine, or Double Old Fashioned glass
  • Cocktail Potential: This would check all of the boxes for an Old Fashioned cocktail. Robust Flavor, High Proof (over 100), Distinctive Character. Neat or OTR (On The Rock) is my preferred method.
  • Available for Sale: We will have ONE bottle on an upcoming bottle raffle. Stay tuned.

Tom’s Tasting Note: As I sip on this pour my mind goes to the process. Not only the Bottled in Bond Process, but also the added Lincoln County Process, which is only found in Tennessee Whiskies. Then when I say that, my mind goes to Chris Stapleton and I start singing in my head. This is a great pour, however not very obtainable (we have a bottle open at The 3.0 Bar). The Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond is made exactly the same way, minus the charcoal filtering, and it’s only aged 5-6 years. I would suggest picking that up instead.