Sip and See Tennessee on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Sip and See Tennessee on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Experience Southern hospitality, history and great whiskey.

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Tennessee has always had a rich heritage in making whiskey across the state. Before the Prohibition era that started in 1910 for Tennessee, there were upward of 300 registered distilleries across the state. However, only two distilleries reopened their doors in the century after Prohibition was lifted – Jack Daniel and George Dickel. It wasn't until 2009, when laws were changed that allowed new craft distilleries to begin rebuilding our great whiskey heritage.

Now it's eight years later, and the Tennessee Distillers Guild has formed to help unite distilleries across the state in what is known as the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, formed in June 2017 with 30 registered distilleries.

Having only been to one or two of these distilleries before, I knew it was time to take a little drive along the trail to visit some of these distilleries around Middle Tennessee.

Corsair Distillery, Nashville
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Corsair Distillery

Our adventure on the trail began hard and fast with a visit to Corsair Distillery at their location on Merrit Avenue, Nashville. Their second location is at Marathon Village. With many different whiskeys in the 120-proof range, we knew this was a great start to our trip. Corsair is constantly experimenting with new whiskeys that quickly age in smaller barrels. It's very common to buy a bottle where only 150 bottles were made. They've also started experimenting with high gravity beer (only at the Marathon Village location), and make some of the best cocktails in Nashville.

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Clay, Founder of Tenn South Distillery
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Tenn South Distillery

We headed out of Nashville into Middle Tennessee’s rolling hills to our second stop, Tenn South Distillery in Lynnville, where we were given a tour by one of the founders, Clay. Tenn South ended up being one of our favorite stops on the trail, as you could tell how passionate Clay was about making the finest products, which is evident in every step of the process they have. You can tell the difference their process makes when you taste Clayton James Whiskey versus their Platinum Filtered Vodka.

 

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Southern Pride Distillery
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Southern Pride Distillery

From there we found Southern Pride Distillery in Fayetteville, where Randy treated us like family, taking us around his farm. Located on some beautiful Tennessee property, it's awesome to see one man's journey into distilling. Randy is the sole proprietor of Southern Pride, and as he's perfected his flavored moonshines, he let us get a try of his newly-bottled Tennessee whiskeys.

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Jack Daniel Distillery
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Jack Daniel Distillery

Going from the least number of employees to the most in the whiskey business was quite the jump on the trail, but Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg welcomed us to what felt like the motherload of Tennessee Whiskey. The tour involves an hour and a half of going through their history as a distillery and how they restarted once Prohibition ended. Definitely a great history lesson!

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Barrelhouse BBQ
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Barrel House BBQ

Before you leave Lynchburg, be sure to stop by Barrelhouse BBQ for some home-smoked barbecue. We thoroughly enjoyed the smoked sausage!

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George Dickel Distillery
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George Dickel Distillery

After lunch, we made our way to George Dickel in Tullahoma, where the tour was easily one of my favorites. Located in the beautiful property of Cascade Hollow, the distillery reminded me of what southern charm feels like (and tastes like!). We could feel the passion, from how welcoming and friendly our amazing tour guide was down to the last drop of samples.

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Short Mountain Distillery
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Short Mountain Distillery

The next stop on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail found us at Short Mountain Distillery in Woodbury. Usually known for their moonshine varieties, they recently started making small batch whiskey, bought by the barrel. They will have bottled whiskey in the coming years. The tour ends in the Short Mountain Distillery Cafe, where we bought a few bites and ordered drinks to be enjoyed on the porch overlooking their rolling hills of farmland.

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Jug Creek Distillery
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Jug Creek Distillery

On our way back to Nashville, we stopped at Jug Creek in Lascassas, a craft distillery best known for their liqueurs. Self-proclaimed "bad boys" in the distilling industry, Heath and Kyle love to be experimental in their techniques and continue to try to improve a process that is hundreds of years old. Jug Creek Distillery continues to grow and is in the process of delivering a wealth of different spirits.

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Nelson's Greenbrier Distillery
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Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

Finally, we rounded off our tour with a visit to Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery in Nashville, where, on a 90-degree day, I was happy to be greeted with a frozen whiskey lemonade. You’ll notice the rich history of Greenbrier; read the stories of how a 100-year-old distillery was re-established by Charles Nelson's grandsons, Andy and Charlie. It’s a cool story! The descendants learned about their heritage on a trip to a butcher in Greenbrier when they saw the original warehouse that their grandparents built. Nothing gets you like a good story when it comes to whiskey, and Greenbrier might have the best one in town.

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