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Tennessee Whiskey

Tennessee whiskey is a lot what it sounds like: whiskey that’s produced in Tennessee. It shares close similarities to bourbon, and many Tennessee whiskeys legally adhere to bourbon’s strict set of rules, but they also undergo an additional step called the Lincoln County Process prior to aging. This is a process in which the whiskey is filtered through charcoal before going into barrels. Legislation has ensured that Tennessee whiskeys prescribe to these requirements to ensure quality and production standards similar to those of other geographically-designated drinks like scotch and champagne.

There are two major producers of Tennessee Whiskey—Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel—but as of 2017, the state featured more than 25 distilleries and a dedicated Tennessee Whiskey Trail. A recent boom in local distilling has resulted in many fine new whiskeys and other spirits in a state that was hit hard by Prohibition, and continued to suffer under an imposed statewide prohibition that, as of just a few years ago, still outlawed the distillation of alcohol to only a small handful of counties. Fortunately, distillation laws as well as alcohol sales laws have loosened in recent years, allowing delicious Tennessee whiskeys to wind up where they belong: in the hands of thirsty drinkers.

Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey Review

Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey Review

“Uncle Nearest” may sound like a moniker produced by a whiskey name generator, but it’s actually tied to a real, woefully under-looked figure in whiskey history. Nathan “Nearest” Green was an African-American distiller who helped develop the famed Lincoln County Process of charcoal filtering in post-Civil War Lynchburg, Tennessee. He…read more →

Tennessee Whiskey Trail Features 25 Distilleries Across the State

Tennessee Whiskey Trail Features 25 Distilleries Across the State

Tennessee whiskey fans, rejoice: the Tennessee Distillers Guild has just announced the official launch of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, a 25-stop distillery tour across the state. There’s been nothing keeping an enterprising drinker from visiting these distilleries, but now, the whiskey makers are banding together in a joint effort to…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Launches Single Barrel Rye

Jack Daniel’s Launches Single Barrel Rye

Back in 2012, Jack Daniel’s released a limited edition Unaged Rye Whiskey, their first new grain recipe since before Prohibition. Then in 2014, they released that same whiskey, except this time it had been aged in oak barrels for two years. That was the one-off, work-in-progress Rested Tennessee Rye. Now, we…read more →

Drinking in Some History (and Whiskey) in Downtown Nashville

Drinking in Some History (and Whiskey) in Downtown Nashville

We’ve seen all kinds of fanciful claims when it comes to whiskey brands and history. This one says it’s distilled in the dungeon of a 13th century castle. That one comes from Davy Crockett’s brother’s recipe. Too many of these backstories can charitably be called “improbable.” Uncharitably, they can be…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye Whiskey Review

Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye Whiskey Review

Jack Daniel’s continues to make waves with the new announcement of Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye, a follow up to the brand’s Unaged Tennessee Rye, which hit the market in 2012. And, unrelated to these products, Jack also unleashed a cinnamon whiskey last month, so the Lynchburg distillery is certainly…read more →

George Dickel No. 1 White Corn Whisky Review

George Dickel No. 1 White Corn Whisky Review

Earlier this month, George Dickel announced a new addition to its whiskey portfolio: George Dickel No. 1 Foundation Recipe. This expression serves as the backbone for George Dickel’s aged whiskeys, including the No. 8, No. 12 and Barrel Select. It’s the spirit post-charcoal filtration but pre-barreling, which gives us a…read more →

George Dickel Barrel Select Whisky Review

George Dickel Barrel Select Whisky Review

George Dickel Barrel Select Whisky is a small-batch Tennessee whiskey that’s created each year with the intention of being an extra smooth, mellow expression for the George Dickel line. In creating this product, Master Distiller John Lunn selects about 10 barrels of the most mellow whiskey, each aged 10 to…read more →

George Dickel Rye Whisky Review

George Dickel Rye Whisky Review

George Dickel Rye Whisky is the newest player to enter the rapidly-growing rye whiskey category. The brand created this product to address the increased demand for rye in the marketplace–which is thanks in large part to the classic cocktail renaissance–but the actual liquid is sourced from MGP Ingredients in Indiana.…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye Whiskey Review

Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye Whiskey Review

The recently-announced Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye Whiskey is the company’s first new expression and grain recipe since before Prohibition. And it was never meant to be released. Originally, Jack Daniel’s was planning to release a traditional, aged rye whiskey. And in 2011, they distilled 800 barrels worth, setting them in…read more →

Drinking Whiskey with Jack Daniel’s Master Taster

Drinking Whiskey with Jack Daniel’s Master Taster

Last week I sat down with Jeff Norman, Master Taster of Jack Daniel’s. A chemist by trade, consider Jeff to be quality control for America’s best-selling whiskey. First, some background – Each Jack Daniel’s expression begins with the same formula – 80% corn, 12% malted barley and 8% rye. After…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Updates Old No. 7 Bottle and Label

Jack Daniel’s Updates Old No. 7 Bottle and Label

The Jack Daniel Distillery announced yesterday that it’s updating the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 bottle with a new design meant to accentuate the bottle’s square shoulders and simplify the front and side labels. From the company — “Mr. Jack Daniel was proud of the craftsmanship and care that went…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Launches in Vegas

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Launches in Vegas

Cocktail Enthusiast joined a slew of other booze writers and avid drinkers in Vegas this week for the official launch of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. Hosted by the MGM Grand, we tasted through the full Jack Daniel’s lineup with Master Taster Jeff Norman, sipped cocktails featuring the new Tennessee Honey…read more →

Jack Daniel’s to Release Tennessee Honey Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s to Release Tennessee Honey Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s is set to release its first new product in nearly a generation – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. The product is a honey liqueur that’s blended with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. Tennessee Honey will likely compete with products already on the market, like Wild Turkey’s American Honey. A sample…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Whiskey Review

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Whiskey Review

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Whiskey is part of the Jack Daniel’s lineup that also includes the ubiquitous black-labeled Old No. 7 and Gentleman Jack. As the name implies, the Single Barrel expression is whiskey that was aged in one barrel and then bottled, without first being blended with other barrels…read more →