Most bottled-in-bonded whiskeys don’t advertise age statements (E.H. Taylor, Old Grandad, Jack Daniel’s Bottled-in-Bond Offering, Evan Williams white label), but affordable-whiskey maker George Dickel’s new offering does, and for good reason: it’s 13 years old and costs just $36.
So what are Bottled-in-Bond spirits? By definition, they must be the product of a single distillation season, by a single distiller at a single distillery; they must be 100 proof and aged in a bonded warehouse under federal government supervision all the while; and they must age, at minimum, for four years. With some exceptions, this means most distilleries’ bonded whiskeys don’t stray far from the minimum aging.
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George Dickel’s new bottle does. The Tennessee whiskey maker’s newest offering is made using the same sweet and mellow mashbill used in other Dickel offerings (84 percent corn, 8 percent rye, 8 percent malted barley), and it remains charcoal-filtered like Jack Daniel’s. It’s available starting Friday at its Tullahoma, Tennessee distillery, and it will roll out nationwide later this month. The brand says it is a limited-edition bottle but hasn’t commented on the level of exclusivity.