George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
90–95 pts.Wine Enthusiast: December 15, 2002
Medium amber tint. Concentrated aromas of oak, ash and toasted grain are elegant yet profound; for me, it’s the prototypical Tennessee whisky bouquet. In the mouth, warm, roasted, ash- and tobacco-like flavors are scrumptious and intense. Oaky, grainy finish. The best bottling of George Dickel.
90–95 pts.Wine Enthusiast: August, 2007
The delightful bouquet offers potent tobacco ash, paraffin, sweet oak and grain kernel. The palate entry has spirity warmth and tastes of cigarette tobacco, light honey and cereal grain; midpalate texture is creamy and deliciously sooty. Finishes buttery, spirity and clean.
89 pts.Wine Enthusiast: November 15, 2000
This medium-amber bottling of Dickel bears a similar aroma to the No. 8 bottling, but some honey notes add to its complexity. The body is medium, and the palate also has more complexity than its younger brother — tobacco and leather comes into play along with the spiciness usually associated with Dickel’s Tennessee whiskeys. The finish is medium, pleasantly warm, and very sooty.
82 pts.Wine Enthusiast: March, 1997
Amber, with a copper-orange cast. Medium-bodied. Citrus, dried herbs, honey. Round, bold texture. Fairly assertive in style, displaying a high degree of aromatics and lighter fruit notes. Good intensity in the finish.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: March 1, 1998
A more brilliant medium amber/copper/bronze appearance that the No. 8, immaculate purity; the nose is noticeably deeper and more focused than the No. 8’s right from the first crack of the bat — concentrated aromas of oak, ash, and toasted grain come even more alive in the second and third passes — the final pass is all about genuine aromatic elegance as the disparate elements come together in a nose that’s almost chewy, so sinewy and firm is it — in my experience, the prototypical Tennessee whiskey aroma, one that combines vigor and finesse; in the mouth, the warm, roasted, ash like, tobacco-like flavors are a joy to behold…