When Nicole Austin was hand selected by distilling icon Dave Pickerell to be the first employee for his spirits consulting firm in 2012, the spirits industry took note of her fresh thinking and strategic vision. When The New York Times dubbed her “Bourbon’s Master of the Craft” in 2014, the industry applauded her distilling expertise. When the rye whiskey she helped create won Double Gold at the 2015 San Francisco Spirits Competition, they celebrated her creativity and innovation. And, this week, when she was named General Manager and Distiller for the newly formed Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., Austin knew she’d found a home in Tennessee.
What was formerly known as the George Dickel Distillery will now be called Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.—the home of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and future innovation spirits. George Dickel’s “Handmade the Hard Way” approach to making whisky will remain the same and Austin will be charged with overseeing the brand’s 148-year legacy of making Tennessee’s smoothest, award winning craft whisky. As General Manager of Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., she will establish the vision of what this new company can be and ignite commercial and innovation strategies for the flagship George Dickel brand, future innovation spirits and the distillery. Read the rest of this entry