Review: Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Select

Price: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel / SAOS

Region: Tennessee

45% ABV

Aged For: 13 Years

Mashbill: 84% Corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Creamy peanut butter and mineral water, caramel, oak, cloves, vanilla, red berries

Feel: Light to medium bodied

Taste: Gentle oak, brown sugar, tangy, butterscotch cinnamon, rose water, apples, and toasted nuts

Finish: Light warmth and medium length, minerals, caramel, nuts, oak, and leather

Thoughts: This is supposedly cask strength at 45%, so it’s the most gentle barrel proofer I have ever had. Maintains a solid aged Dickel profile throughout it that’s your thing, but you’d be better off grabbing a OB Dickel private select for about $30 less.

Score: 81 out of 100

Review: George Dickel Bottled in Bond

Paid: $40 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel / Diageo

Region: Tennessee

50% ABV

Aged For: 13 Years, Distilled 2005

Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak, milk chocolate, “They’re mineral’s Marie!” bright fruitiness, caramel, nuts

Feel: Light bodied, and as others have said “thin”

Taste: More chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, peanut, pepper, and walnut

Finish: Medium warmth and good length, spice, oak, minerals, pepper, tobacco, chocolate, and vanilla

Thoughts: The only thing keeping this from being rated in the high 80’s is the thin palate, which I suspect is due to chill filtering. If you are a fan of Dickel (and it seems more people are than they suspect with all the Barrell love these days) it’s an easy must buy at $40.

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel for Astor Wine and Spirits

Paid: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel / Barrell

Region: Tennessee

53.2% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years

Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Cask Info: Astor Wine & Spirits, Barrel #K759, bottle #83

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Peanut butter fudge, mineral oil, oak, caramel coffee creamer, sweet corn, clove, and pipe tobacco

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, coffee, peanuts, vanilla, oak, minerals, cherry, birch beer

Finish: Honey, caramel, oak, leather, cinnamon, mineral oil, pepper, and clove

Thoughts: Lots of chocolate and peanut in the nose and body and follows up with more baking spice while having a dickel minerality throughout

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Peg Leg Porker 12-Year Batch 2


Paid: $80 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned By: George Dickel / Peg Leg Porker

Region: Tennessee

46.35% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years

Mashbill:  84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered:  Hickory wood filtered


Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a Glencairn

Nose: Caramel, mineral water, oak, buttermilk biscuits, vanilla, Maple hickory and rye spice

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Oak, spices, wood-smoke, chocolate, orange bitters, minerals (Iron like), with a touch of sweet caramel.

Finish: Medium length and warmth, smokey with the hickory remaining present. Toasted biscuits, oak, peanut butter, and vanilla bean.

Thoughts: Certainly has the Dickel vitamin taste, but I enjoyed the smokey notes from this one. If you can get it on sale around $60 Id recommend it, but at $80 Barrell offers better sourced Dickel.

Score: 82 out of 100

George Dickel 9 Year Single Barrel Twin Liquors


Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel / Diageo

Region: Tennessee

51.5% ABV

Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Aged For: 9 years

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Barrel and Bottle #: 05A04 B1-5-24, #32 Store Pick: Twin Liquors, Bottled 2016

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Minerally, vitamins, oak, brown sugar, honey, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium and silky

Palate/Taste: Oak and toffee, flan, cherry, vitamins, pepper, chocolate, coffee

Finish: Medium warmth and length. Minerals, leather, oak, chocolate, and toasted walnuts with vitamins and earth.

Thoughts: At initial tasting I found the minerality off-putting, but as I continued to sip and explore this really grew on me a lot.

Score: 85 out of 100

Orphan Barrel Whoop & Holler

Whoop and Holler

Price: $175 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel / Diageo

Region: Tennessee

43% ABV

Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Aged For: 28 years

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Yes (And possibly other filtering)



Color: Copper (For 28 years I’m a bit surprised at the relative lightness)

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sour dark barrel char, heavy citrus, spoiled maple syrup, rotted corn mash, vanilla, and dark coffee.

Mouthfeel: Dry and thin

Palate/Taste: Dear god it’s like licking an oak branch that’s been struck by lightning and covered in sour mineral water. Bubblegum and citric acid.

Finish: Depressing long and bitter, caramel, vanilla extract harvested from the lining of an oak barrel, and corn.

Thoughts: The epitome of over oaked, it’s not good folks.

Score: 60 out of 100

Barrell Bourbon Batch 009

Barrell Bourbon 009

Price: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel / Bottled by Barrell

Region: Tennessee

56.05% ABV

Mashbill: 75% corn, 18% rye, 7% barley

Aged For: 13 years

Cask Type: New charred Oak

Chill Filtered: No



Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Rye, caramel, cinnamon, clove, tobacco, leather, and coffee

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thick

Palate/Taste: Cinnamon, clove, oak, dark chocolate, coffee

Finish: Warm and spicy, with cinnamon, tobacco, and leather

Thoughts: An excellent bottling with a great palate and heavy flavors.

Score: 87 out of 100