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Tennessee Whiskey

Tennessee, USA
When you think about Tennessee whiskey, one name tends to come to mind: Jack Daniel’s. However, the story of whiskey in Tennessee goes beyond this iconic brand, to the days when many more distillers played key roles. Find out here about how Tennessee whiskey came about, its struggles and its distinctive distillation process. Tennessee whiskey is one of the top ten exports of Tennessee.

History of Tennessee Whiskey

The process of converting grain into whiskey was well known to the predominantly Scottish and Irish immigrants who settled in Tennessee, with the earliest known distillery - Evan Shelby's East Tennessee plant, already in existence by 1771.

The climate, soil and abundance of wood, white oak and rivers in which to ship the finished product to places such as Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis made Tennessee extremely well suited for whiskey production, and so, the industry grew.

Tennessee was also one of the states that recovered well from the effects of the war. Although whiskey had been temporarily banned (as corn and other grains were needed to feed both humans and livestock,), distilling was one of the first businesses to start up in Tennessee after Federal troops pulled out in April of 1865. And by 1886, the distilling industry was the largest manufacturing industry in the state.

By the late 1880s, however, the industry had begun to decline. Smaller distillers had closed in droves, faced with intense competition from the larger distillers and mounting pressure from the church and temperance groups. Only two Tennessee distilleries would remain after the prohibition: George Dickel & Company-and Jack Daniel.

Today the most famous and largest Tennessee distillery is Jack Daniel, (with George Dickel, now owned by Diageo not far behind). Still in full operation on its original site, Jack Daniel is not only world renowned for its whiskey but also featured on the National Register of Historic Places.

The town of Lynchburg is famous as the home of Jack Daniel’s, but you can’t sample it there - Lynchburg is actually dry!

Specifics of Tennessee Whiskey
Several factors mark out Tennessee whiskey as distinct from bourbon, the most obvious being its charcoal ‘mellowing’, known as the Lincoln County Process. This process - named after the county that was once Jack Daniels’ home- requires that, before being filled into barrel, the new spirit passes through about 10 feet of active sugar-maple charcoal, removing impurities and giving it a smoother, subtly different character to that of bourbon.
Not all Tennessee whiskeys use the Lincoln County process, However, Jack Daniels and George Dickel, the two largest Tennessee distilleries, both use sugar maple charcoal filtration to mellow their spirits.
A state legislation, passed in 2013 further refined the Tennessee whiskey identity. It requires all Tennessee whiskey to use the Lincoln County process, with an exemption for Benjamin Prichard’s distillery, a craft distillery that skips the charcoal filtration step (and which, funnily enough, is the only functioning Tennessee whiskey distillery in Lincoln County).

Where to Start with Tennessee Whiskey

So, apart from standard Jack Daniel’s expressions, what are the delights that Tennessee has to offer. Frootbat has put together a few of Mr Daniel’s finest offerings as an alternative for you to try. Enjoy!
FROOTBAT HAS 43 PRODUCTS FROM THE Tennessee Whiskey REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO Australia
FROOTBAT HAS 43 PRODUCTS FROM THE Tennessee Whiskey REGION AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO Australia
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Sinatra Century Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century Tennessee Whiskey 1lt Bottle
$1,099.001 buying option
Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey 1.75lt Bottle
$169.982 buying options
Monogram Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Monogram Tennessee Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$799.002 buying options
Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey 200ml Bottle
$18.992 buying options
Sinatra Select Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select Tennessee Whiskey 1lt Bottle
$269.002 buying options
Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey 50ml Bottle
$7.991 buying option
Master Distiller Series Limited Edition No. 2 Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series Limited Edition No. 2 Tennessee Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$180.002 buying options
No. 8 Tennessee Whisky
George Dickel No. 8 Tennessee Whisky 750ml Bottle
$49.996 buying options
Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey Pourer & Jigger Gift Pack
Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey Pourer & Jigger Gift Pack 700ml Bottle
$64.003 buying options
No. 12 Tennessee Whisky
George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky 750ml Bottle
$54.996 buying options
No. 27 Gold Double Barreled Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold Double Barreled Tennessee Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$131.7414 buying options
Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey 50ml Bottle
$60.001 buying option
White Rye Unaged American Rye
Freedom Moonshine White Rye Unaged American Rye 750ml Bottle
$68.331 buying option
White Label 1907 Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's White Label 1907 Tennessee Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$38.9910 buying options
No. 8 Tennessee Whisky
George Dickel No. 8 Tennessee Whisky 1lt Bottle
$59.492 buying options
Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey 3lt Bottle
$220.991 buying option
Master Distiller Series Limited Edition No. 3 Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series Limited Edition No. 3 Tennessee Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$170.001 buying option
Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$78.907 buying options
Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$49.903 buying options
Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$43.002 buying options
Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey on Cradle
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey on Cradle 3lt Bottle
$313.384 buying options
Sour Mash Tennessee Whiskey
Rollins Sour Mash Tennessee Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$49.991 buying option
White Rabbit Saloon 120th Anniversary Limited Edition Sour Mash Whiskey
Jack Daniel's White Rabbit Saloon 120th Anniversary Limited Edition Sour Mash Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$220.001 buying option
Master Distiller Series Limited Edition No. 5 Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Series Limited Edition No. 5 Tennessee Whiskey 700ml Bottle
$89.993 buying options
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