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: Barrell Bourbon Batch 20

By Drew Beard | September 8, 2019 |

In case you may have thought that Barrell Bourbon was a bit of a newcomer to the whiskey scene, we’re now actually up to 20 releases in their eponymous line of small batch bourbons. We recently received a sample of the latest offering, Batch 20, which is a blend of rye bourbons produced in Kentucky…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selections – Barrel Proof Rye

By Christopher Null | August 19, 2019 |

The fourth release in Jack Daniel’s experimental Tennessee Tasters’ Selection series has arrived, and it’s a cask strength expression of its Tennessee Rye bottling. So, not too experimental… but as flavor profiles go, this one’s a huge step away  for Jack. Made from a mashbill of 70% rye, 18% corn, and 12% malted barley, this rye…

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Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Bottled in Bond 13 Years Old (2019)

By Christopher Null | July 1, 2019 |

George Dickel is awfully late to the Bottled in Bond party, but here it is at last, with a 13 year old Tennessee Whiskey spearheaded by Nicole Austin, the company’s new head distiller and general manager. Distilled in 2005, this release comes from the same mash as Dickel’s other whiskeys — 84% corn, 8% rye…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold

By Christopher Null | May 12, 2019 |

Jack Daniel’s latest innovation starts, like most, with the essentials of Old No. 7. Crafted from the same mash, it’s also filtered before barrel-aging by passing it through maple charcoal, just like all “real” Tennessee whiskey, then aged in new, charred oak barrels. And then things start to change. The big switch comes when Old…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest Washington DC 2019

By Drew Beard | May 9, 2019 |

For a city that seems to always be in need of a stiff drink, WhiskyFest D.C. was a little less crowded than in previous years. Once again, there was no sign of Pappy van Winkle, but the BTAC offerings lasted well into the evening. As with most DC WhiskyFests, the seminars offered the biggest bang for…

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Review: Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey Edition Six

By Drew Beard | April 29, 2019 |

We first explored Sugarlands Distilling’s Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey back before the holidays last year with our review of Edition Four. It was a very limited release, as all of the Roaming Man releases have been and continue to be. The Seventh Edition sold out on its release day in February and the…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection – Barrel Reunion #1

By Christopher Null | April 27, 2019 |

Last November Jack Daniel’s introduced its first experimental whiskey releases — ever. The two Tennessee Tasters’ Selection releases were both solid but unusual (to varying degrees), and a third release was promised to come down the pike in the near future. Now that third release is here, Barrel Reunion #1 (or Reunion Barrel #1, depending…

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Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco 2019

By Christopher Null | April 23, 2019 |

That’s two years in a row with no major injuries – woo! Whiskies of the World 2019 is in the books, at least its San Francisco installment, and that means another spring evening of Scotch, bourbon, and fettuccine alfredo has come to a close. My American whiskey love affair of WotW 2018 reversed itself for…

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Review: Heaven’s Door Tennessee Bourbon 10 Years Old

By Christopher Null | March 25, 2019 |

Back when we reviewed the inaugural release of Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door whiskey, we titled that post “Complete Lineup.” Turns out that wasn’t quite accurate, because Heaven’s Door released a fourth whiskey shortly after its initial turnout, a 10 year old version of its Tennessee Straight Bourbon. While the standard bottling is just shy of…

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Tasting Report: Bourbon & Beyond 2018

By Drew Beard | January 21, 2019 |

So apparently biblical amounts of rain and an outdoor world-class bourbon festival just don’t mix. You may have heard that the much anticipated, weekend whiskey and music extravaganza that should have been Bourbon & Beyond last October didn’t even make it 24 hours before the powers that be in Louisville deemed Champions Park unsafe to…

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