Tennessee Whiskey

The subject of eternal debate among whiskey enthusiasts, Tennessee whiskey is technically a type of bourbon. It must be produced to the same specifications as bourbon: at least 51% corn, aged in new, charred oak containers, and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof. Unsurprisingly, it must also be produced in the state of Tennessee. The most unique requirement, however, is that it must use the Lincoln County Process in its production. While most whiskey is filtered through activated charcoal before bottling, the Lincoln County Process is a more elaborate filtration procedure that uses sugar maple charcoal before it goes into the barrel. The result is a “mellowing” of the whiskey, as well as unique maple and smoke notes in many expressions. The most famous Tennessee whiskey, and also the best-selling American whiskey in the world, is Jack Daniel’s. There are only a few other Tennessee whiskey producers today, partly owing to Jack Daniel’s dominance of the category and also because Tennessee, until the 2010s, heavily restricted the production of alcohol in the state.

Top Tennessee Whiskey Posts:

A Visit to Jack Daniel’s Distillery
A Visit to Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
George Dickel Tennessee Whiskies – Cascade Hollow, No. 8, and No. 12

Review: Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon (2021)

By Drew Beard | June 9, 2021 |

Sweetens Cove hit the ground running with their inaugural release last year, a 13-year-old stunner blended by the talented Marianne Eaves. Now Marianne and her celebrity backers have returned with round two, which aims to be considerably more accessible than the original with more than twice the number of barrels reportedly bottled. While five different…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection – “Twin” Blend

By Christopher Null | May 26, 2021 |

This 7th entry in JD’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection is one of its simplest concepts: Tennessee Whiskey (a type of bourbon) blended with Tennessee rye. 50 barrels total were used for this release — 30 rye, 20 Tennessee whiskey. All of them were distilled on May 19, 2014 (14E19, per the code on the label), then…

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Review: High N’ Wicked The Honorable Bourbon 12 Years Old

By Drew Beard | May 2, 2021 |

High N’ Wicked is a new whiskey brand based out of Jackson, Wyoming, but beyond that, there’s not a lot I can tell you about their operation. It’s almost certainly a non-distilling producer, as their stated mission is to “present and develop unique American whiskies – releasing singular expressions annually that it deems worth of…

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Review: Daddy Rack Tennessee Whiskey

By Christopher Null | May 1, 2021 |

Daddy Rack — yes, I know — is a new craft whiskey out of Columbia, Tennessee, and before you ask, yes, this is a “Tennessee Whiskey,” a bourbon which undergoes the Lincoln County Process of charcoal mellowing before it goes into barrel, which are full-sized barrels which have a #3 char applied. The whiskey is…

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4 Mixologists Pushing Bourbon Cocktails to New Heights

By David Tao | April 30, 2021 |

Prior to the “Bourbon Boom” of the 2010s, America’s Native Spirit far-too-often took a backseat in the world of cocktail development. And while there isn’t always a singular reason behind spirits trends, there’s long been a perception that rye whiskey’s stereotypically “spicier” flavors held up better in a cocktail than bourbon. But as many whiskey…

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Review: Davidson Reserve Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon

By Christopher Null | April 17, 2021 |

Mike recently covered Pennington Distilling’s Pickers Vodka, and now we’re going back to the well for another spirit from the Nashville-based operation: Two (almost) grain-to-glass whiskeys. Pennington’s Davidson Reserve line now includes five whiskeys in total (plus various special editions); the two we review today are some of the most traditional in the mix. Davidson…

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Review: Cascade Moon Whisky Edition No. 1 and No. 2

By Christopher Null | February 20, 2021 |

Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. is probably better known to most readers as the home of the George Dickel Tennessee Whisky line, but recently the company launched a new line of whiskies called Cascade Moon — “highly limited,” per the company — which “pay homage to the distillery’s history while setting the tone for the future…

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Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Single Barrel 15 Years Old

By Drew Beard | January 24, 2021 |

George Dickel is clearly sitting on sizable stocks of well-aged whiskey. The release of their Bottled in Bond in 2019 (first a 13 year and recently a more modest 11 year) and the ever-growing list of brands relying on older, sourced Tennessee whiskey have suggested as much, but now we have this, a new single…

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Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Bottled in Bond 11 Years Old (2020)

By Christopher Null | December 31, 2020 |

Can lightning strike twice? 2019’s 13 year old Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whiskey from George Dickel won all kinds of raves, including from yours truly — proving that a $35 bourbon could go toe to toe with some of the best whiskeys in America. This follow-up edition arrived in mid-2020, an 11 year old made…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection – Jamaican Allspice

By Christopher Null | December 18, 2020 |

Entry #6 in Jack Daniel’s experimental Tennessee Tasters’ Selection lineup is here and it’s perhaps the most unusual of the series to date. Per JD: “The Jamaican Allspice product takes Jack’s Old No. 7 and finishes the whiskey with Jamaican allspice wood for 180 days. It features a nose of fruit, smoke, and sweet tobacco…

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