Nicole Austin is general manager and distiller at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., which makes George Dickel
, and she’s the woman responsible for the 2019 Whisky of the Year, George Dickel 13 year old Bottled in Bond
. But this whiskey was distilled and put in barrel long before Austin came on board at the distillery. Here she explains how she was able to create such a unique and well-priced whiskey, despite not being the original distiller—and what her plans are for releasing similar offerings in the future. “I’ve only just begun,” she says.