George Dickel Special Barrel Reserve 10
Added on Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 at 08:10 PM
  Bottler: George Dickel
  Age: 10 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Tennessee
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Tennessee
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Part of the Bourbon Heritage Collection issued by United Distillers and Vinters (now Diageo) in 1994.
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Butter and oak spice.
P: Moderately oily, very similar to the No.12 but much sweeter.
F: French toast with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
This is decent stuff but I like the dryness of the No. 12.  This one gets annoyingly sweet after a while. 
Nose has some faint vanilla and faint peanuts. Palate is massively "smooth" (I hate that word when describing whiskey) and very drinkable. Ah, Tennessee whiskey. Most of what was here vanishes pretty quickly in the finish, with the thematics lingering extremely faintly for longer. This is a hard whiskey to argue with given that the distillers achieved exactly what (I think) they were going for, and given that lots of people would really like this. I like it too, but the Dickel no. 12 is more enjoyable by my palate. This has more oak on it, and is drier -- I like that sweet honey-nut tang of No. 12 more than the mild tannins here. Though this does have better staying power when drank at length. 
The nose has that nice Dickel woodiness.  The palate opens well with wood planks (tastes like Home Depot) but then it develops a diluted quality and water seems to drown out the flavor.  The finish brings back some of the wood and some maple syrup, but the whole thing doesn't come together very well. 
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