Indeed Dickel does make a beautifully balanced whiskey. I feel the No.8, while a tad flat, is a very nice whiskey. No. 12 I'd categorize as an excellent whiskey at any price. Factor in value and it gets even better. The barrel select bottle I just purchased and reviewed was outstanding. Very much in line with No. 12, but as you would expect a bit more barrel and spice flavors, which translated as slightly better than No. 12 for me (price removed from the equation of course).