George Dickel

George Dickel

We left Nashville and headed down south to the George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma, TN. This is in the middle of nowhere but definitely worth the stop. We were not allowed to take our cameras into any of the buildings where they made the spirits. We thought this was odd since we’d been able to take pictures freely in all the bourbon stops in Kentucky, but this was not the case in Tennessee. Considering all the wacky liquor laws this was just one more to add to it. It was a much smaller operation than we expected. They focus on making Tennessee whiskey and not “bourbon”. There is only one difference and that is before the spirit goes into the barrel to age, it goes through charcoal filtering. At Dickel’s it can take up to 10 days for this process. One other thing unique to Dickel’s process versus other Tennessee whiskey distillers is that they chill their distilled spirit to about 40 degrees before the charcoal filtering process. They believe it helps the fatty acids get caught in the charcoal, filtering it better, which leads to a smoother spirit. After the filtering process, like bourbon, it is put into barrels and stored for up to 12 years. We did not have a chance to sample their products but we have at a bottle of it at home that we will need to revisit. They also make a white version or un-aged version that our local liquor retailer sells so I plan to pick that up and the single barrel version they offer.

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