Tasting Date: 2021-03-26
Region: American Rye Whisky
Type: 95% Rye and 5% malted Barley mash bill
Age Statement: NAS
ABV: 45% ABV
Cask Type: Aged in new, charred oak barrels
Distiller: Produced under contract by MGP (Midwest Grain Products of Indiana) Indiana in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and is mashed, distilled and aged there before being trucked to the Diageo facility in Plainfield, Illinois, for charcoal filtering and bottling.
Location: MGP 652 Shipping St, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025, United States
Bottler: Diago Global Supply Plainfield. Illinois
Purchase Location: Unknown (Edmonton)
Purchase Date: Unknown (2018 I think)
Cost: Unknown (~$29.00)
Tasting Notes From The George Dickel Website:
Our rye is spicy with an exceptionally smooth finish
From The MGP Website in reference to the 95% rye they sell to George Dickel:
AROMA: Bold rye spice and floral notes. Slight notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and mint in the background.
TASTING NOTES: Caramel, vanilla, mint, floral; bold lingering spice
Colour: Amber – Chill filtered
TransparentSmoke Review: So I can’t believe that this is a sourced product. But I have to give George Dickel credit as they are pretty honest about the fact they don’t make it, or bottle it. That their contribution is charcoal filtering and that’s it. They source 95% rye from MGP and then charcoal filter it and send it to their parent company’s massive bottling facility in Illinois. I’m pretty sure this whisky has more km’s under it’s belt that I do for the last few years. That all being said this is pretty good.
I have to admit, this is the first time I’ve drank this neat. We have a whisky bar here in Edmonton called “Have Mercy” and they have a few cocktails they make using this whisky. Check out their drink menu here. So I have had a bottle on hand for a long time to try and replicate those recipes at home. But drinking it straight up had never occurred to me.
I debated for my scoring whether this was in the high 70’s or low 80’s as a final score. In the end scoring lower because I wondered if the ease of drinking it was an indication that it wasn’t overly complicated. It’s the first time I’ve had that problem. Not the ease of drinking, the borderline score :).
Finally, I’ll point the really weird move by George Dickel to remove the “E” from whiskey on their products. While the product is distinctly American they choose not to use the American spelling? Makes no difference, just thew me for a loop writing this article about American Whiskies.
Our Score: 79/100
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