Thanks for those notes, Mark. Very interesting!
I'll take a stab at a comparison of the two, if you all dont mind.
Age Statement: None (as a single barrel whisky, it should not be too difficult for JD to provide this info!)
Batch size: Single barrel
Date: released 20 April 2007
Aroma: Corn, Char, and Cotton Candy
Taste: very broad dried banana chip flavor in the background, with honey, leather and dried fruit.
Dropping an ice cube or two can help make this whisky more approachable.
Age Statement: None
Batch: (10 barrels)
Date: "Hand selected" 2006
Aroma: Char and vanilla with light citrus
Taste: Vanilla extract. No fruit or grains other than corn, which comes across very rich. I have finally figured out why I always think VANILLA, VANILLA when I think about this whisky. Its the aftertaste. For me, I always wonder where the vanilla went when I take my first sip, but by the end of my glass, I am stunned by its richness of vanilla. The intensity of the vanila is on the aftertaste.
I wish this whisky was a bit higher proof, because I like my whiskies with ice. I often find myself lamenting that the ice has watered down this whisky a bit more than I prefer. Despite this draw back, I prefer this to the JDSS.
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I read somewhere that the Barrel Select is 10-12 yrs. I get vanilla, cinnamon and butterscotch. It's very lush with long legs and slightly astringent. The finish to me is definitely butterscotch that lingers on the back of the tongue. I like it a lot, but it's over twice the price of the No. 12 and not twice a good.
Thanks for the tasting notes...definitely something to look for...sounds like a nice addition to the collection.
Nice notes David,
The current JDSS I have open is raging with banana chips all over it, so much I find it hard to drink.
I like the GDBS, maybe if you want it "on the ice" without watering it down, throw it in the freezer for a while and try that.
"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day" - Frank Sinatra
George Dickel Barrel Select (43%) hand selected in 2006
Appearance - red inflected gold body
Aroma - sweet woody vanilla jumps out.
Flavor - More of the vanilla, with grain on the mid-palate, and a very, very oaky finish, there is something lightly sweet, lighlty apricot perfume that stays on after the finish. Nice!
Conclusion - Far and above the best Tennessee I've had (blows the doors off of JDSS).
George Dickel No. 12 (45%)
Appearance - same as GDBS
Aroma - significantly more restrained aroma than the GDBS, not so much vanilla, but do get some oak, grain, some crackers and a resin flavor thats not on the BS.
Flavor - Again the resin flavor is here overlaying the oakyness. The oakyness is where I find the similiarity between this and the BS. Also apricots here.
Conclusion - Excellent whisky, but the aroma and concentration of vanilla flavor from the BS wins the day hands down.
Last edited by Josh; 04-08-2009 at 09:27.
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