Born 40 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George Dickel was an established Nashville merchant at the time he entered the whisky trade. Known for selling the smoothest, most mellow spirits in the region, Dickel soon bought a large share at the newly established Cascade Hollow Distillery. Following Scottish tradition, Dickel spelled whisky without the “e,” and preferred to make his whisky in winter months, believing it to produce a smoother spirit. Further mellowing the whisky, Dickel is chilled to 40F before undergoing a charcoal filtering process known as the Lincoln County Process, now a requirement of Tennessee Whisky. The most famous of the George Dickel whisky, Dickel Black Label Old No. 8, was first released in 1964 with a mashbill of 84% corn. A bold whisky tamed by the charcoal filtering, it lends aromas of light caramel, maple, and buttered corn, balanced by a woody, smoky finish.