The Tennessean has an interesting piece on how retailers are running short of Tennessee’s other whiskey. George Dickel, distilled outside of Normandy, Tennessee, uses the same Lincoln County Process that has made Jack Daniel’s whiskey so famous. The process consists of filtering newly distilled whiskey through sugar maple charcoal.
The difference is that the Dickel people chill their whisky (which they spell in the Scottish manner) before running it through the charcoal. The increased viscosity of the liquid slows down the flow and increases the exposure to the charcoal, thus–so claims the Dickelers–making their firewater better.
That didn’t necessarily make it sell, so the distillery was shut down from 1999-2003, and that lag in production has now created the shortage of George Dickel Number 8, the premiere brand. A surge is coming in 2008.