Over the years, Nicole Austin – General Manager and Distiller at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. – and Todd Leopold – Founder and Master Distiller at Leopold Bros Distillery – have cultivated a mutual respect not only as peers in the whisky industry but as friends. Fast-forward to 2021, when Todd shared a sample of their trademark Three Chamber Rye with Nicole, he was looking for a partner to collaborate on a new blend to challenge the status quo for rye offerings on the market.
Dubbed the George Dickel x Leopold Bros Collaboration Blend, this union balances two different styles of rye whisky: Leopold Bros’ celebrated Three Chamber Rye and George Dickel never-before-released traditional column still rye. The result is a rare, historically inspired blend of straight rye whiskies that is reminiscent of an era when heavy-bodied rye whiskies were served at bars and saloons across America.
“When you look back at official records for Three Chamber Rye Whiskies, they weren’t just sold as is, but they were also blended together with column still whiskies,” says Todd Leopold, Founder at Leopold Bros. “It feels fitting our rare rye release combines this historic style with something new from George Dickel. We hope whisky fans will enjoy this take on an American classic and inspire the resurgence of rare rye whisky.”
“I’ve been a personal fan of Leopold Bros for years, and it’s why I’m thrilled to collaborate with Todd and his team. I’m also particularly excited this partnership will mark the first time people will be able to enjoy a rye whisky distilled at Cascade Hollow,” says Nicole Austin, General Manager and Distiller at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.
George Dickel x Leopold Bros Collaboration Blend is a highly limited release, one whisky aficionados and collectors will want to get ahold of when they see it.
GSN’s Remarks: Wow! We are thrilled with this release. An absolute smash of a whiskey, it has everything we hope for in a spirit. The nose is delightful with light floral notes, maple sugar, toasted sugar and bitter chocolate. The flavor is immensely expressive, with dates, nuts, berry preserves and caramel sauce leding the parade. At the entended fade, drier notes of orange peel, milk chocolate and granulated honeycomb bring the experience to a dessert-like curtain bow. This is a rye that we keep going back to. Do yourself a favor and buy two bottles. Enjoy the first, and save the second for those ultra special occasions. GSN Rating: A+++
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