Last week, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky invited Male Standard down to L.A. for some BBQ and a VIP viewing of the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show.


The night kicked off with a surprise appearance by Bill Murray who was in the green room pouring shots. Bill’s known for being a difficult celebrity to pin down so seeing him was a unique surprise. Adding to the nostalgia was Billy Idol performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live stage.


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Then came a special BBQ dinner prepared by Adam Perry Lang.


Adam is a celebrity chef best known for his BBQ. In his first year on the national barbecue circuit, Adam won Grand Champion honors at the World Pork Expo and first place for his Pork Shoulder at the Kansas City American Royal, a.k.a. “The World Series of BBQ.”


According to Adam, “It was a dream of mine to create something that no one’s done before and that’s create a slice of country in the middle of an urban center.”


After tasting the BBQ, we knew that Adam was the real deal. The ribs and tenderloin stole the show. There were plenty of courses served family style, but we lost count after the fifth one.

The Whisky


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Doug Kragel, National Brand Ambassador at George Dickel Whisky, gave us an exclusive tasting where he broke down the differences between each variety including:

  • George Dickel No. 1 Whisky – The foundation recipe
  • George Dickel Classic No. 8 Whiskey – The most famous
  • George Dickel Superior No. 12 Whiskey – The only 90-proof Tennessee Whisky (Our favorite)
  • George Dickel Rye Whisky – Made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley
  • George Dickel Barrel Select – A small-batch whisky made from 10 hand-selected barrels


Established in 1870, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky prides itself in making whisky “ hand made the hard way”


We also managed to snag a few recipes for some whisky cocktails.

The Recipes

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Tennessee Cider

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  • 1.3 oz George Dickel No. 12
  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • 0.5 oz Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters


Garnish:  Apple Slice & Cinnamon Stick

Rye Whisky Smash


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  • 1.3 oz George Dickel Rye
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • 5 Mint leaves
  • Luxardo Cherries


Garnish:  Mint/Cherry


No. 12 Barbecue Sauce

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  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup George Dickel No. 12
  • 3 cups your favorite barbecue sauce


In a low pan, add honey, white vinegar and George Dickel No. 12. Over medium heat, cook mixture until you hear a frying sound indicating the alcohol has cooked off. Add barbecue sauce and stir to combine. Place it back on the fire and let simmer for at least 10 minutes.


Thank you to George Dickel Tennessee Whisky for inviting us to this amazing event.

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