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    Dickel Single Barrel ??

    A friend who knows and to a lesser degree shares my enthusiasm four bourbon emailed that he had recently picked up a bottle of Dickel Single Barrel. (He later realized it wasn't really bourbon, but I assured him it would probably still be quite enjoyable.) I've their #12, which I liked or didn't depending more on my mood then anything else. Sometimes that "wet grass" taste, for lack of a better description, was unpleasant, sometimes not.

    Anyway, has anyone else tried the Single Barrel? I'll be sure to give a report after I get together with my friend. (I'm bringing an unopened bottle of EWSB '91, so something will be tasting good that night).

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    Re: Dickel Single Barrel ??

    I wasn't aware that Dickel had a single barrel. Do you know if this is a new bottling or an old one? I know they had a Special Barrel Reserve some time ago as part of the Heritage Collection. Could this be the bottling he got or is the Special Barrel Reserve a single barrel and I just never realized it?

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    Re: Dickel Single Barrel ??

    There is nothing on the bottle or in the packaging to indicate the Dickel Special Barrel Reserve is a single-barrel. But it was an interesting ponder: Does Jack Daniel's, which DOES have a single-barrel, run each barrel through the a brand new charcoal vat? And, if not, can it really be a single-barrel -- I mean, wouldn't at least traces of previous barrels remain adhered to the charcoal, negating the designation?
    Don't know why the question hasn't come to me before, but thinking about the Dickel bottling prompted it.

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    Re: Dickel Single Barrel ??

    There is nothing on the bottle or in the packaging to indicate the Dickel Special Barrel Reserve is a single-barrel.
    I forgot to look when I got home, but yeah, there is nothing on the bottle saying it is single barrel... I'd check your buddy's bottle Steve and see if it really is a single barrel. If it is, a new product has slipped through the cracks!

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    Re: Dickel Single Barrel ??

    Does Jack Daniel's, which DOES have a single-barrel, run each barrel through the a brand new charcoal vat? And, if not, can it really be a single-barrel -- I mean, wouldn't at least traces of previous barrels remain adhered to the charcoal, negating the designation?

    Tim,

    If your referring to the charcoal mellowing, I believe that is done after distillation and before barrelling. They do have a single barrel dumping and bottling room, at least their website indicates such. So it is reasonable to expect all single barrels to run through some filtering before bottling, but this seems to seperate from the mass dumping procedure.

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    Re: Dickel Single Barrel ??

    When the Heritage Collection was created Dickel was not a single barrel product but there talk of bottling the product at the distillery. That never happened before it was closed.

    Jack Daniel Single barrel is not charcoal filtered a second time before bottling - That is Gentleman Jack and that is not a Single Barrel product.

    Mike Veach

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    Re: Dickel Single Barrel ??

    When Tennessee changed state law to permit sale of "souvenir" bottles of whiskey at the distilleries, both JD and GD created single barrel products for that purpose. At least initially, and perhaps still, they weren't supposed to be available except at the distillery.

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    Re: Dickel Single Barrel ??

    Wow, seems like this is a stumper. I'll be extra sure to get all the info. Jack Danials Single Barrel is definitly available in stores around here (PA & NJ), so they're not limited to distillery sales anymore. We're scheduled to get together with the families at his shore house after the fourth, so I'll have all the info (and maybe a few pics) then.

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    Re: Dickel Single Barrel ??

    Chuck,
    Actually the Tennessee law was written so that the product available at the distilleries had to be available to normal Tennessee Retail business. George Dickel had to use the 10 year old from the Heritage collection but did offer a special label that could be applied by the consumer to distinguish it as a "Souvenir" bottle.
    Mike Veach

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    Re: Dickel Single Barrel ?? Mystery resolved.

    Mark is correct. My friend mis-wrote from memory, its Special Reserve. I was even able to find a taste review. Apologies for any confusion, thanks for the assistance. I'll try to post my own review in the near future.

 

 

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