A new bottled in bond Tennessee whiskey is hitting the market this week. George Dickel Bottled In Bond Tennessee Whisky (one of only a handful of American companies that uses the alternate spelling for whiskey) is a fiery new spirit from Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. and the first creation from new general manager and distiller Nicole Austin.
“We wanted George Dickel Bottled in Bond to be rooted in authenticity, quality, and truth, reflective of the values we feel are most important when making Tennessee’s finest whiskey,” Austin said. “The aged whiskey stocks we have access to here at Cascade Hollow are absolutely beautiful, and it’s important to me that we create whiskey that’s sure to be a great value for the quality you’re getting.”
“We wanted George Dickel Bottled in Bond to be rooted in authenticity, quality, and truth.”
The Bottle in Bond designation requires makers to satisfy a special set of regulations set by the U.S. government to guarantee a whiskey’s level of quality. It must be made during one distillation season at one distillery, stored in oak in a bonded warehouse for at least four years, and bottled at 100 proof. The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 set the standards, which eventually led to releases from brands like Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, Heaven Hill, and Jack Daniels.
George Dickel Bottled In Bond meets all of those criteria by being distilled at Cascade Hallow Distillery in fall of 2005 and stored at the distillery for 13 years. The whiskey has a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley, which is mellowed on chill charcoal, as is the rest of the George Dickel Tennessee whiskey.
According to a release from the brand, the George Dickel Bottled In Bond is “bold and balanced profile highlighted by tastes of light honey, tropical fruit, warm spices and a touch of leather.” The new Tennessee whiskey has already been deemed a “Best Buy” by Wine Enthusiast and took home a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition this spring.
The whiskey makes its nationwide debut later in May following its release at Cascade Hollow. At less than $40 for a 13-year-old, 100-proof whiskey, it’s definitely worth trying. Austin suggests trying George Dickel Bottled In Bond neat or on the rocks to recognize the full flavor potential before using it in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan.