George Dickel No 12 (White Label) Tennessee Whisky

George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky, 45% abv(90 Proof), $19/bottle

George Dickel No. 12 was a major shock to the system honestly. And I’m not sure why because many folks are devoted drinkers of the stuff, including my late (and great) grandparents. But this is a lesson that a higher price does not equate to a better product. In the case of George Dickel No. 12, that’s absolutely true. This amber/copper Tennessee Whisky (Dickel prefers to use the traditional Scottish spelling, losing the “e”) smells of pungent sweet corn, honey, dried fruits (apricots/raisins), scant vanilla, and some floral notes. The first sip is where this whisky shows it’s stuff with well integrated sweetness of honey and vanilla, sweet corn and grain, followed by mint and toasted oak. Wonderfully soft but, layered, persistent, and full of flavor – almost elegant. The finish is sweetly spiced with long and lingering oak and vanilla. A beautiful pour of whisky that makes Tennessee proud. This may be one of the top 2-3 whiskys under $20 on the planet. Mr. Dickel (and my grandparents) would be proud.

Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 8.7 (Excellent)


  1. Kitty says:

    Where can I get this in the Tulsa area? Anyone know?

  2. Bob K says:

    Jason, I often read your reviews before trying new bourbons/whiskeys as I find that our tastes are remarkably similar. Many times I have been rewarded for trusting your assessments on numerous spirits. Having said that, I just tried a bottle of Dickel 12 on your recommendation and must totally disagree with you on this one. Even at this low price point I think the Dickel 12 is awful. The nose and palate is remarkably boring. Unless you you are looking for nothing more than buttery corn, this whisky is a waste of money at any price. Maybe your recommendation is influenced by the fact that the distillery is in your backyard? Sorry.

  3. Bob, glad we align on reviews most times. Remember, taste is subjective. I believe the Dickel 12 is an outstanding whiskey and stand by the review. Your not liking it does not require a sorry – it just is what it is. Cheers!

  4. peacelion says:

    I love your reviews!
    I’m french, living in Paris, and it’s really hard to find bourbon here. There is one shop in Paris specialized in Whisky/Whiskey, and even at 72 euros (97 $), the 1L no12 Dickel worth the price !
    This bourbon is incredible.