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.