George Dickel 17 Year Old Reserve is the rare bottle worthy of a special toast

George Dickel 17 Year Old Reserve, photo provided by George Dickel
George Dickel 17 Year Old Reserve, photo provided by George Dickel /

For some whisky drinkers, the rare, unique, and otherwise selective releases cause a stir. Finding one of those specialty bottles is almost a coup. While there might be an urge to open and pour more than a few fingers full of the precious liquid, there is a reverence to appreciating that craftsmanship. As George Dickel 17 Year Old Reserve returns to the shelf, some holiday gatherings will have an even more spirited tone.

The first release os George Dickel 17 Year Old Reserve happened in 2016. The reaction was swift. Even though the original bottle was smaller, many people clamored to get that sip.

With this release, the larger format bottle is perfect for the whisky collector. The cask strength offering is one that deserves a special spot on “that” shelf.

As Nicole Austin, General Manager and Distiller at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. said, “Knowing the impact of the first release of George Dickel 17 Year Old Reserve, the barrels selected for this latest edition were purposefully selected to pay homage to the original offering. At the same time, in American Spirits of this age, you’re going to see variability. This year’s release offers fans another chance to taste the whisky they love, now even more complex.”

The interesting word in this description is variability. Although many people long for that familiar sipper, sometimes the complexity and nuance that a special offering presents can challenge a drinker a little. That sentiment can be what makes a special release even better.

According to the brand, the George Dickel 17 Year Old Reserve is described as having “complex aromas of crème brûlée and apricots with hints of plum and juniper on the palate and a rich cedar finish.” While each whisky drinker will need to discover this offering for themselves, it is a liquor best enjoyed neat or over a single cube.

To be fair, this specialty bottle does come with a high price tag. At $250 a bottle, it might be “too rich” for some drinkers but the craftsmanship is reflected in the pricing. And, it is a reminder that this whisky is meant to be savored.