Whisky Lovers - Tennessee's Oldest Bottling Just Hit The Market

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Whisky Lovers - Tennessee's Oldest Bottling Just Hit The Market

Larry Olmsted, Contributor - msn.com

Yesterday outside of Nashville, and why the historic business in rural Cascade Hollow is so interesting and unusual among such tours. But for collectors and whiskey aficionados there’s another reason to consider visiting – and quickly: it’s one of the only places you can get Dickel’s rarest and soon to be obsolete release.

The bourbon whiskey and Scotch whisky businesses are full of stories of “long lost” casks and recently “rediscovered” caches of ultra-premium hooch, but many of these come across as marketing tales made up to create a feeling of scarcity and drive up prices. But in Dickel’s case an honest mistake was the mother of invention. Every time a cask is filled and set aside to age, it is branded with a code representing the date on which it was made, and its exact position in the maturing warehouse (unlike some distilleries, Dickel does not rotate or move casks once they are set aside to age). Back around the turn of the 21st century, a batch was mis-coded for date, and the error was only discovered later during an audit. George Dickel does not usually age any of its whisky (as I explained yesterday, they are one of only two major producers in this country that choose to use the traditional Scottish spelling rather than the Americanized “whiskey”) beyond 12-14 years, but this overlooked batch reached the very healthy age of seventeen. It was then sampled by the company’s head distiller, Allisa Henley, and she deemed it delicious, so it was bottled as a one-off specialty reserve collection. There is no more 17-year old George Dickel, and when it is gone it’s gone. Click Here To Read More!

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