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: Jack Daniel’s Bottled-in-Bond

By Christopher Null | September 8, 2018 |

At long last, Jack Daniel’s has released a bottled-in-bond expression, finally jumping on the trend of higher-proof, more boldly flavored whiskeys. This is a permanent extension to the JD line, but there’s a catch: It will only be available in travel retail (aka duty free) stores. “Whiskey-making in the 1800’s too often produced a hodge-podge…

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Review: George Dickel Tabasco Barrel Finish

By Christopher Null | August 18, 2018 |

Listen, if you’ve never been to the Tabasco factory outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, you should go. Not only will you get to taste Tabasco and watch a movie about Tabasco, you will learn about Tabasco: Specifically, that the sauce spends years in a wooden barrel, covered with salt, as it ferments. What happens to…

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Drinkhacker Asks: Bourbon Authority and Author Fred Minnick

By Drew Beard | July 14, 2018 |

For our latest installment of Drinkhacker Asks we sit down with best-selling author and bourbon authority Fred Minnick. If you’re a spirits nerd, like me, chances are you’ve got one or two of his books on your shelf like Whiskey Women, Bourbon Curious, Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of America’s Native Spirit, or Rum…

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Review: Nelson’s Green Brier Belle Meade Whiskeys, First 108, and Louisa’s Liqueur (2018)

By Christopher Null | July 11, 2018 |

We’ve been fans of the gang at Nashville-based Nelson’s Green Brier since they hit the scene a few years ago, and have enjoyed our visits with them at the distillery and at various whiskey events. Today we take a deep dive into the distillery’s production, with a fresh look at four sourced bourbons (which Nelson’s…

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Review: Heaven’s Door Whiskey – Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | June 22, 2018 |

Mama take this badge from me I can’t use it anymore What I can use is a glass of whiskey, courtesy of musical icon Bob Dylan, who has partnered with an outfit called Spirits Investment Partnership (“SIP”), to launch Heaven’s Door, a collection of three American whiskeys. “Bob Dylan’s first and only brand partnership, Heaven’s Door…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest Washington DC 2018

By Drew Beard | June 7, 2018 |

As with each of DC’s past three WhiskyFests, everyone in the room looked like they could use a few drinks. Thankfully, there was no shortage of unique whiskey options, from Knob Creek Single Barrel samples that were pulled directly from the barrel(!) to a young Tennessee whiskey whose distillery still doesn’t have a name. I…

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Tasting Report: Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s Premier Drams 2018

By Drew Beard | April 26, 2018 |

Not many bars can throw their own whiskey festival, but when a bar happens to have the largest selection of whiskey in the Western Hemisphere, it becomes an ideal setting. Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, DC held its inaugural and appropriately named Premier Drams festival on March 25, and we were invited. The bar…

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Review: Nine Single Barrel Bourbons from the New Hampshire Liquor Commission – Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Jack Daniel’s, and Russell’s Reserve

By Christopher Null | February 8, 2018 |

The state that brought you 15 barrels of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and 9 single barrel tequilas is back again with a mountain of single barrel bourbons from some of the biggest names in the industry. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently went down south and came back with a whopping 62 barrels of spirits from just…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2017

By Christopher Null | October 24, 2017 |

San Francisco’s WhiskyFest seemed as popular as ever this year, kicked off with the stampede to the Pappy Van Winkle booth that always marks the start of the show. As always, there was plenty to enjoy at this year’s event — both new expressions and classic old friends ready for tasting. Here’s a full rundown…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Straight Rye

By Christopher Null | September 30, 2017 |

Five long years in the making, I have to give credit to Jack Daniel’s for being ultimately transparent with the creation of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Straight Rye. JD didn’t call up MGP for rye stock to bottle. They made their own from scratch. In 2012 a sampling was released of unaged white dog. In 2014…

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