George Dickel

The Man and His Whisky

Born 40 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George A. Dickel was an established Nashville merchant. In 1867, he visited Tullahoma with his wife, Augusta. Three years later, Cascade Hollow would be home to the Dickel Distillery. Declaring his whisky of equal quality to the finest scotch, George Dickel followed in the Scottish tradition of spelling whisky without an “e.”

George Dickel discovered that whisky made in the winter was smoother than whisky made in the summer. That’s why our whisky is chilled before charcoal-mellowing. This extra step filters out oils and acids, and to this day, we’re the only Tennessee distiller to do it.

Prohibition - An End and a Beginning

By 1904, under the leadership of Augusta Dickel, the distillery had become the largest in Tennessee. Although Prohibition became federal law in 1919, it was enacted in Tennessee nine years prior. The distillery was closed, and for nearly four decades the world would go without George Dickel Tennessee Whisky.

In 1958, Master Distiller Ralph Dupps rebuilt the distillery. To ensure the whisky's authenticity, Dupps obtained the original manuscripts in which George Dickel had detailed his unique recipe and process. Today, Master Distiller John Lunn carries on the tradition of excellence that has made our brand a symbol of quality for over 130 years.