The Path to Whisky of the Year: Nicole Austin on George Dickel 13 year old Bottled in Bond

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.

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