For the one year anniversary of the Big Jones Bourbon Society we are featuring the gold standard of Tennessee Whisky, or as some say the one that keeps Jack honest, George Dickel No. 12. Tennessee Whisky has a very similar mash bill to bourbons the big difference between the two is that they use a large amount of sugar maple charcoal in their filtering process.
Established in 1867 Dickel has a long history of making Tennessee whisky. The doors to the distillery were closed in 1919 following prohibition and the world was deprived of this fine example of Tennessee whisky until 1958 when a new distillery was built. and with the purchase of Dickel’s original manuscripts the product was back on the shelves. In the case of Dickel’s whisky, they cold filter because George himself always found the whisky he made in the winter to be smoother then the whisky he made in the summer. He also left off the E in whisky because he wanted to be compared to the scotches of the world.
Due to the use of sugar maple charcoal this whisky has a sweet aroma of maple to go along with the cigar box spices picked up from the barrel aging. On the palate no.12 has sweet vanilla, oak, and maple. The finish on this whiskey is long well balance with hints of citrus to counter point the maple and vanilla. George Dickel No. 12 is a very easy drinking whisky best served chilled and we look forward to pouring it for you at Big Jones. Cheers and keep sipping whisky.
It’s free to join the Big Jones Bourbon Society, just ask your server or bartender to sign up on your next visit. You’ll receive a passport to forty of our more than sixty whiskeys. On each visit, members are welcome to one complimentary pour of the Whiskey of the Month (WOM) which will usually (but not always) be a straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Big Jones Bourbon Society members will also receive invitations to members-only events such as whiskey tastings and whiskey socials.
Of course you’re welcome to enjoy any whiskey on our list at any time. We’ll mark off your passport as you taste each of the forty whiskeys, and once you’ve tasted them all, you will earn the distinction of Master Taster, and win tickets for two to a one-of-a-kind all-out whiskey dinner. As the ranks of Master Tasters grows, we will host a series of dinners for Master Tasters.