About – “Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 Review “Celebrating 150 years of passion for crafting quality whisky, CASCADE MOON EDITION NO. 2 continues to set the tone for the future of the whisky category while looking toward the next 150 years. Further tying back to George Dickel’s history, the liquid for this second release was taken from a small batch blend curated around the first barrel of TN Whisky filled after the distillery returned from shutdown in 2003. This small batch blend used less than 20 barrels, holding some of our best whiskies aged at least 17 years that are befitting a celebration of a 150 year heritage.” Cascade Moon Edition No. 2 is bottled at 90 proof in a sandblasted ceramic bottle featuring a label that was handprinted on a 130 year old press. Retail price is $250.
Nose – A very rich nose. Reminds me a lot of those stands selling hot glazed nuts at a fair or food court. Specifically a buttered toffee pecan. I could sit and nose this bourbon all day.
Palate – Every bit as rich as the nose. Very nice creamy mouthfeel that hits the tongue with an ooey-gooey stickey caramel along with candied pecans and a truckload of vanilla. The finish is all oak and toffee and just keeps going and going.
Score – A+
Verdict – This is very possibly the finest whiskey I have tasted from George Dickel, and that is saying a lot coming from me. I received this as a sample and it was good enough to justify making the $250 purchase. I understand the price on this bottle is too high for many people, but if this fits into your whiskey budget I would recommend picking it up. This is an early strong contender for my bourbon of the year.