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As luck would have it, I just acquired one more bottle this week of this special Orphan Barrel offering.
Copper Tongue is the project out of Cascade Hollow Distillery in Tullahoma, Tennessee. They’re the ones responsible for making the George Dickel whiskeys. The distillery is nestled in a valley with a spring-fed creek in an area known for its population of copperhead snakes.
This particular project comes from superstar Master Distiller, Nicole Austin (winner of Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year in 2019) who is changing the way things are done in Tennessee. The Orphan Barrels are made using Cascade Hollow’s single-story rickhouses — a very unique aging process to make them different from most anything else you can find.
Here’s what Nicole Austin had to say about her latest release that most in the whiskey world are swooning over. “One lot completely stepped away from all the stereotypes [of aged whiskey]. “It was very light and sophisticated, totally drinkable at cask strength. And the other one, it was very balanced, but to me it had that structure that tells you, I am drinking an old whiskey. I think blending the two was the right choice, because the ultimate product was more balanced and complex.
The Robb Report called it, “an outlier in all the best ways. It doesn’t taste like a typical Dickel whiskey, it doesn’t taste like it’s cask strength and it definitely doesn’t taste its age.” This sensationally smooth Tennessee whiskey really is in a category of its own.
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