I must admit that the first time I tried this George Dickel Single Barrel 15-year whiskey, I thought it was one of the most unique and strange pours of the year (unique is not always good). However, I did not review it then but will do so now.
The first thing I get on the nose is oak and chocolate. The chocolate is more of a Tootsie Roll scent as opposed to milk or dark chocolate. The nose is a little strange because of the unusual combination of aromas. After letting the whiskey sit in the glass for a while, a little caramel aroma reveals itself under the Tootsie Roll chocolate.
The palate is a reflection of the nose, although I don't get the tootsie roll taste. It is more of an old decaying oak, but not necessarily in a good way. I have heard it described as "drinking an old folk's home."
The finish is nice and long, but there isn't much flavor. I guess the palate of the musty oak is there and tapers off gradually. The ethanol is sharp; it may be a slightly higher feel than the actual proof. George Dickel Single Barrel 15 Year is an acquired taste that is certainly not my taste.