About George Dickel x Leopold Bros Collaboration Blend Rye Whisky
Forty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George A. Dickel was born in a rural town in eastern Tennessee. By 1867, Dickel was an established Nashville merchant but moved his family to the city of Tullahoma (situated in south-central Tennessee), where he purchased the Cascade Hollow Distillery. After working tirelessly at the distillery, Dickel declared that his spirits were of equal quality to the finest scotch, and followed in the Scottish tradition of spelling whisky without an “e”.
While George A. Dickel Distillery was forced to close its doors as a result of Prohibition, it was rebuilt in 1958 by Master Distiller Ralph Dupps. To ensure the whisky’s authenticity, Dupps obtained the original manuscripts in which Dickel detailed his unique recipe and distillation processes. Today, Master Blender and distiller Nicole Austin carries on the tradition of excellence that has made Dickel whisky a symbol of quality for over a century.
For this release, they partnered with another distillery, the Denver-based Leopold Bros ― the brainchild of Todd Leopold. After receiving his diploma in Malting and Brewing from the Siebel Institute in Chicago, Todd moved to Germany and began working at the Doemens School of Brewers and Maltsters in Munich. Then, he apprenticed at four different breweries and distilleries in Germany, before moving to Kentucky to study distilling. In 2008, Todd, along with his brother Scott, moved back to his parents’ home in Littleton, Colorado and opened the doors to Leopold Bros. Distillery.
The expression is a blend of George Dickel’s Column Still Rye and Leopold Bros’ Three Chamber Rye. One is chill-filtered through maple charcoal, the other a pre-Prohibition style rye. The Collaboration Blend Rye also marks the first time that whiskey from the Cascade Hollow Distillery gets released ― until now, George Dickel sourced their rye whiskey from MGP. Bottled at 100 proof, this is a unique release with 2 distinct whiskeys coming together in perfect harmony.
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As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.