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

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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Review: Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey

By Drew Beard | January 20, 2019 |

It’s often said that to succeed in the whiskey business a product needs to, of course, be good, but it also needs to have a good story. In recent years, with more and more new whiskeys claiming little more than the title of “First Distilled in ___ Since Prohibition,” it’s seemed like all the good…

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Review: Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey Edition Four

By Christopher Null | December 16, 2018 |

Sugarlands Distilling is best known for its wackily flavored moonshines and “sippin’ creams,” but it’s slowly been moving upmarket, into the realm of real whiskey. It’s called Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey, and six editions have been released to date. These are tiny, tiny releases. Edition Five was made up of just 600 bottles, and…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selections – High Angel’s Share Barrels and Hickory Smoked

By Christopher Null | November 13, 2018 |

It’s only taken 143 years for Jack Daniel’s — one of the U.S.’s oldest distilleries — to get into the experimental whiskey game. And at last, here we are, with the first two entries into the so-called Tennessee Tasters’ Selection line, all limited edition bottlings that will be sold only at JD’s distillery and “select…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Heritage Barrel (2018)

By Christopher Null | October 26, 2018 |

Hot on the heels of its new Bottled in Bond selection, Jack Daniel’s is out with another release. This one is going to be far more prized than the Bonded expression (which is now a permanent offering), with just 200 barrels’ worth of this “Heritage Barrel” offering on the market. JD explains what that is:…

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