Sometimes It’s Not Whiskey

It’s not that one gets bored with whiskey, but, on occasion, the intrigue of a spirits category like gin is too sexy to pass up. On paper.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to join the Good Ol’ Boys over at Sips, Suds, & Smokes for The Big Gin Show. Tasting over 60 gins Continue reading Sometimes It’s Not Whiskey

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Is the Fabeled Gin Boom Finally Arriving?

Gin. As a supplier and now a distributor, walking into a retail liquor store with a new brand of gin almost always guarantees an exaggerated eye roll as the particulars of the product are described.

Gin. “They’re just making this until their whiskey ages.”

Gin. And juice. Once looked down upon by retailers as only a ‘certain demographic’ bought this category, we’ve all bought into the rumors that it’s the next big category.

Gin. We’re waiting on you to explode. True that many (many) craft distillers are producing their own take on the juniper-flavored vodka, but we don’t mind as many expressions of brown water- even when the distiller’s only expression of said spirit was in the “picking” of stock barrels.

All we are saying is give gin a chance.

Gruppo Campari did. 58 million chances, in fact, with the purchase of the premium brand BULLDOG.

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Tenn South Distillery- the perfect mix of tradition & innovation

IMG_7534This is the picture of a craft distillery.  The barn-like exterior isn’t meant to fool you into thinking that Tenn South is a small distillery.  Tenn South is a small distillery.  Tiny, even.  About an hour’s drive south of Nashville, one arrives at Tenn South purposefully; it’s not on the way to anywhere. Less than 10 miles off I-65 in Giles County, you’ll go through “downtown” Lynnville before arriving at the distillery.  This sleeper town occupies a whopping .3 square miles and is home to about 350 people.  Lynnville is also home to other regionally famous artisans Colonel Littleton and The Lynnville Pie Company.

Not an uncommon aspiration to Tennesseans, brothers-in-law Blair Butler and Clayton Cutler dreamed of making Tennessee Whiskey.  Dr. Butler, a radiologist in nearby Columbia and Cutler, a technical process engineering guy with a long history in inkjet manufacturing, may not seem to be your likely suspects for following through on such a dream.  But June 25, 2009 turned that dream into a plan when Governor Phil Bredesen signed off on a law allowing for the “manufacturing of intoxicating liquors” in counties that had approved retail package sales and liquor-by-the-drink sales.  The distillery bill, SB1955/HB1720, exponentially increased the number of counties where dreamers like Butler & Cutler could open their own distilleries.  Where once there were only three, now dozens of counties were eligible.

Enter Tenn South Distillery. Continue reading Tenn South Distillery- the perfect mix of tradition & innovation