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Issue 114 - Operation Moonlight

Whisky Magazine Issue 114
September 2013


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Operation Moonlight

Your attention please. To say that Tennessee is home to one or two unique whiskies is to say nothing new, but to experience one on home ground must be worth, surely, a flicker of interest. To do so in just a day, from Nashville International Airport to the George Dickel Distillery, via liquor running, a two-star hotel, a big black car and many schoolboy errors, warrants, I'd wager, a degree of sustained concentration. Read on. I have included pictures.

To be clear. My mission was to visit the George Dickel Distillery in Normandy, near Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Presently a key Diageo interest, the onpoint story is that Dickel was founded in 1870 at Cascade by George Dickel, after whose death it remained in family hands until Prohibition, whereupon, ‘for nearly four decades the world would go without George Dickel Tennessee Whisky.' Fortunately, the distillery was rebuilt in 1958, by master distiller Ralph Dupps, who expertly revived the original Dickel recipe, and so reintroduced us to ‘America's finest sippin' whisky'; namely, a very closely related pair of taste profile products, the George Dickel Sour Mash Tennessee Whisky No. 8 and its slightly older brother, the No. 12.

Add to this the Cascade Hollow, released in 2007, the newish Barrel Select, plus a first foray into the rich vein of rye, the George Dickel Rye, and there it is: in one paragraph, the George A.

Dickel Distilling Company.

Of course, nothing's so simple, not my journey there, and certainly not the story...

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