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What Makes it Tennessee Whiskey?

Tennessee Whiskey

Tennessee whiskey is a type of American whiskey that is closely associated with the state of Tennessee. It is made using a similar process to bourbon whiskey, but with a few distinct characteristics that set it apart.

What makes it Tennessee whiskey?
To be classified as Tennessee whiskey, it must meet the legal definition set by the Tennessee General Assembly. The key requirements include being produced in the state of Tennessee, made from a mash bill containing at least 51% corn, distilled to no more than 160 proof (80% alcohol by volume), aged in new charred oak barrels, and filtered through charcoal before aging.

The charcoal filtering process, known as the Lincoln County Process, is a defining characteristic of Tennessee whiskey. It involves dripping the newly distilled whiskey through charcoal made from sugar maple trees before it is placed in barrels for aging. This charcoal filtration is believed to contribute to the smoothness and mellow flavor profile of Tennessee whiskey.

What does Tennessee whiskey taste like?
Tennessee whiskey is known for its rich and complex flavor profile, which typically features notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, and sometimes a hint of smokiness.  Overall, Tennessee whiskey offers a distinct taste experience within the realm of American whiskeys, characterized by its adherence to specific production techniques and the influence of the Lincoln County Process.

Well-known Tennessee whiskeys
Jack Daniel's is perhaps the most well-known brand of Tennessee whiskey, and it has played a significant role in popularizing the style. Other notable Tennessee whiskey brands include George Dickel and Uncle Nearest.

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