Cascade Hollow Distilling, the home of George Dickel, has a new offering: Cascade Moon Edition 1 Whisky. The idea of this new series isn’t to recreate the George Dickel we know and love, it’s instead meant to highlight the unique flavors, aromas and profiles coming out of Cascade Hollow that may not fit the GD profile, but be fantastic in their own right.
This highlighting of unique profiles is why it’s under a different name, uses different packaging, and only mentions Dickel in small print on the side of the bottle. They don’t want people to think Dickel and they’ve done a good job of that. If I wasn’t the whiskey nerd I am, knowing what Cascade Hollow is, I wouldn’t have any idea this had anything to do with Dickel. Well, at least until I tried it, there’s no escaping that signature Dickel note.
Cascade Moon Edition 1 Whisky – Details and Tasting Notes
Region: Tennessee, USA
Distiller: Cascade Hollow Distilling (George Dickel)
Mash: 84% Corn, 10% Rye, 6% Malted Barley
Cask: New Charred Oak
Age: 11 Years
Batch: No. 1
Vanilla, dried corn, caramel, grain, honey and light touches of fruit, Smarties, oak and herbal notes.
Vanilla, dried corn, caramel, citrus, fruit, honey and a nice grain-driven sweetness with a light oaky profile sliding through.
Medium -> Sweet grain, caramel, oak and vanilla.
BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Good balance, medium body and a light soft feel.
Cascade Moon Edition 1 Whisky – Overall
Aroma is that warm, familiar, GD profile, but lighter than the GD we know and love – though it’s not weak and carries a sweet fruitiness with a distinct warmth making it fun and easy; Palate is also a bit lighter and fruitier than, say, the George Dickel 12 – but again it’s not weak and carries a nice, moderately complex, profile of fruit and grain sweetness; Finish is a semi-quick brushing of the palate and the only place oak really makes itself known.
This isn’t a deep or rich whisky, but it isn’t light and spineless either. It’s perfectly enjoyable.
Cascade Moon Edition 1 Whisky – Final Thoughts and Score
An effortless and delightful whisky that’s good for sipping and great for mixing. It’s a fruitier side of GD that’s lighter without being weak and would be a perfect intro to Tennessee Whisky and the unique profiles that can come from there. This could easily get traction among new drinkers who don’t want to get clobbered with heavy whiskey but still want a full flavored experience.
I’m really looking forward to summer with this whisky. It’s a bit snowy and cold up in the mountains right now, so highballs, which is what I really want to do with this, isn’t my go-to at the moment. But come spring and summer you can be sure this Cascade Moon Edition 1 Whisky will be making an appearance.
*Disclosure: The bottle for this Tennessee Whisky review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Cascade Moon Edition 1 Whisky Review
Soft without being weak, light without being spineless, this is a fruitier side of George Dickel that’s nice to sip and fun to mix.