Nicole Austin releases her first expression of the storied Tennessee Whisky this week
With a nod to the past and a peek at the future, George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whisky will hit the shelves of select markets across the U.S. later this month. The 13 year old whisky, meeting all requirements of the Bottled In Bond Act of 1897, will first be available at the Tullahoma distillery’s bottle shop beginning this Friday.
This release marks the first innovation of General Manager And Distiller Nicole Austin. She joined the Diageo-owned Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. In Tullahoma, Tennessee just over a year ago and is putting her personal stamp on the brand. Austin previously served as Engineer at William Grant & Sons’ Tullamore Dew and Master Blender at Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn.
“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 whisky,” said Austin. “The aged whisky stocks we have access to here at Cascade Hollow are absolutely beautiful, and it’s important to me that we create whisky that’s sure to be a great value for the quality you’re getting.”
This release from Cascade Hollow Distillery checks all the boxes of the Bottled In Bond guidelines, and then some. This first bottling is George Dickel Tennessee whisky that was distilled in the Fall season of 2005 at the Tullahoma distillery where it was stored for the next 13 years. It is bottled at the required 100 proof.
Ringing in at a suggested price of $35.99, “value” is an understatement. At 13 years old and 100 proof, there is little competition for this robust, balanced whisky. While the price allows for this whisky to be a strong backbone in your favorite cocktail, it needs little more than a glass to be enjoyed fully. Austin’s expert palate and knack for blending shine through this thoughtful selection.
George Dickel Bottled in Bond is already making waves ahead of its official release. It earned 95 points and the designation of “Best Buy” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a double blind judged tasting, awarded the bonded Tennessee whisky a Gold medal.
Bottled In Bond products have recently seen a resurgence in the marketplace with many craft whiskey makers joining the category. Historic brands, most notably from Heaven Hill Distillery, quietly kept the tradition alive with “bottom shelf” whiskeys over the last nine decades since Prohibition was lifted. Old Fitzgerald, Rittenhouse Rye, Mellow Corn, and Henry McKenna are brands that have been well known for both quality and affordability (although Heaven Hill pulled Old Fitz off the bottom shelf and replaced it with a highly allocated, ultrapremium-priced version.)
Other Tennessee whiskey producers making bonded products include Brown Forman giant Jack Daniel’s. Dickel’s friendly rival put out an international-only Travelers’ Edition Bottled In Bond release last summer. Davidson Reserve, a craft brand of Pennington Distilling Co., also released a bonded whiskey last year.
Plan your trip to Cascade Hollow and pick up a bottle or three, starting May 17. Get information on the Distillery and Visitor Center hours at GeorgeDickel.com.