New Orleans’ Sazerac Co. Joins Tennessee Whiskey Business

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Sazerac Company, owner of Buffalo Trace Distillery, announced today the acquisition of the Popcorn Sutton Distillery in Newport, Tennessee. John Lunn and Allisa Henley, both of George Dickel background, will once again be distilling Tennessee Whiskey under the new ownership.

Expect a deluge of Tennessee Whiskey on the shelves in the next few years; over a dozen Tennessee distillers are currently producing and aging the product.

Another Dickel Distiller Leaves for Popcorn Sutton

Freedom and flexibility lure Henley away from Diageo’s George Dickel Distillery

Today marks Allisa Henley’s first day on the job in her new role as Master Blender at the Popcorn Sutton distillery in Newport, Tennessee. What’s that, you say? Henley’s departure from George Dickel, where she served as Distiller, was quiet. Deafeningly silent, even. Continue reading Another Dickel Distiller Leaves for Popcorn Sutton

Tenn South Distillery Launches Clayton James Tennessee Whiskey Barrel Select

Tenn South Distillery in Lynnville, TN began a custom blending program with its flagship brand, Clayton James Tennessee Whiskey, last week.

Read more: Tenn South Distillery Launches Tennessee Whiskey Blending Program | Examiner.com

What Tennessee Whiskey Is and Isn’t

What exactly is Tennessee Whiskey? Is it bourbon? What is mellowing?  Once limited to Jack Daniel & George Dickel, the category is experiencing a big boom.

Here, the category is explained and the myths debunked in my first article for The Whiskey Wash.

Source: Tennessee Whiskey: Jack, George, and Beyond – The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey History: What Is Tennessee Whiskey

Further proving the misconceptions of the definition of Tennessee Whiskey, even our friendly neighbors to the North don’t have it quite right.  Tennessee Whiskey was defined by House Bill 1084 and signed into law in May of 2013.  Here are the simple requirements:

  1. Manufactured in Tennessee;
  2. Made of a grain mixture that is at least fifty-one percent (51%) corn;
  3. Distilled to no more than 160 proof or eighty percent (80%) alcohol by volume;
  4. Aged in new, charred oak barrels in Tennessee;
  5. Filtered through maple charcoal prior to aging;
  6. Placed in the barrel at no more than 125 proof or sixty-two and one- half percent (62.5 %) alcohol by volume; and
  7. Bottled at not less than 80 proof or forty percent (40%) alcohol by volume

Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel have been using this method of producing Tennessee whiskey for decades.  New Tennessee whiskey producers include Tenn South Distillery’s Clayton James and Beechtree Distillery’s 120 proof White Whiskey.

A further correction should mention that Attorney General Slatery wrote an opinion earlier this year, disallowing the Prichard’s grandfather clause attached to the bill stating, “There is no discernable reason to distinguish one distillery from other existing distilleries on this basis, especially since the exemption at issue is purportedly the one that distinguishes Tennessee Whiskey from bourbon.”

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Koch Brothers + Redneck Asshats = A Thorn in the Side of Tennessee Whiskey

I’ve tried to be somewhat PC through all this, but that stops here.  Is THIS asshat the picture of who should be making decisions for the future of Tennessee’s 150 year old industry?  This guy with his played out, over the hill rock star persona and age inappropriate flavor saver? (Not that there is an appropriate age for a flavor saver, but 52 is about 30 years too old.)  Is this the guy we want calling the shots?

You know who thinks so?  A couple of ignorant, racist, sexist, homophobic, backwards thinking billionaires.  Continue reading Koch Brothers + Redneck Asshats = A Thorn in the Side of Tennessee Whiskey

Why Kentucky should support defining Tennessee Whiskey- I’m talking to you, KDA

If you’ve ever met a Kentuckian, you’ve probably heard their favorite statistic more than once, that 95% of the world’s bouhttps://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/2c/0a/4c/2c0a4c9b8908f01f7e6b42483f1366f4.jpgrbon is made in Kentucky.  They’ll usually go on to add that they don’t know who makes the rest of it, but that they don’t drink it.  This tidbit coupled with a mention of Kentucky basketball, bluegrass or horse racing tends to come out in the first two minutes of meeting a member of the Commonwealth; they’re like vegans… or CrossFitters.

I’ve heard many a Kentuckian chuckle over the great Tennessee Whiskey debate.  They find it amusing parlor conversation.  Comments range from earnest interest to mocking disbelief.  The common thread is that no one understands why Tennessee wouldn’t hold on to this designation with all its might as has Bourbon, Scotch, Champagne, Cognac and countless wine appellations.  I have the same question.  I am a proud Tennessean and this is embarrassing. Continue reading Why Kentucky should support defining Tennessee Whiskey- I’m talking to you, KDA