You have Tabasco at your house right now and you’ve had it at your house forever. You put Tabasco on your eggs, tacos, pizza, and basically every kind of food imaginable to make it taste better, so why not put it in your whiskey? That was the brilliant reasoning when George Dickel teamed up with Tabasco to make a pleasantly spicy yet sweet spirit that would turn the whiskey market upside down.
You’ve had your fill of candy-like whiskeys that are pumped full of artificial flavors and sugar. Now is the time to let your palate mature and graduate to a flavored whiskey that is made for adults. George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish is the next level in spicy, yet sumptuous spirits that you’ll want to sip like the sophisticated gentleman that you are.
Instead of pumping fake flavors like many whisky distillers have been doing for years, George Dickel finishes their whisky in barrels used to age tabasco peppers for three years. This provides the whisky with an authentic peppery taste that is incomparable. For 30 days, the Tennessee whisky is marinating in these flavorful barrels, soaking up all of the essence of one of the greatest hot sauces in the world. Tabasco then creates an essence of Lousiana’s most famous hot sauce and pairs it with the glorious whisky. The capsicum flavors embrace the whisky and create a one-of-a-kind flavor.
This is a beautiful sipping liquor since it only has a 70 proof, which means it is 35% alcohol by volume. I have a bottle of George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish right next to me and I can assure you that it has changed the game as far as flavored whiskeys go. There’s a wonderful heat to the Hot Dickel, spicy in a good way, not burning your tongue off. The burn hits the back of your throat, but it’s not the kind of spiciness where you need to freeze your toilet paper. It’s a gentle, welcoming heat that won’t leave you questioning if you’ve made a terrible mistake that you will regret tomorrow morning. The caramel-like base of the whisky gives it a wonderful balance of sweetness ans spiciness. The Tennessee spirit has a slight vinegar flavor as well as a saltiness that makes it absolutely unique, but not too much to distract from the glorious whisky. Another plus is that nothing about this spirit comes off too sugary or tastes like a red hot cinnamon flavored candy. This is made for adults who have an adult palate.
Since this isn’t the high ABV of other whiskeys, it goes perfectly with a pickleback. George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish makes for a fantastic Bloody Mary and breathes new life into a boring old-fashioned. The potential for the applications of this feisty, fiery spirit are unlimited.
Because there is an extra distilling process in Tennesse whiskey, it is extra pure and less likely to give you a nasty hangover. Speaking of Tabasco sauce, check out their 150th-anniversary special edition champagne-inspired Diamond Reserve sauce HERE.