Benjamin Prichard’s (Prichard’s Distillery)
Prichard’s Distillery was established by Phil Prichard in 1997, the first legal distillery to be built in Tennessee in nearly fifty years. The Prichard family has been distilling spirits since the 1800s.
Prichard’s Distillery produces rum and whiskey. The whiskey is distilled in small batches using copper pot stills and matured in small, 15 gallon charred white oak barrels. Their product ranges includes:
- Benjamin Prichard’s Tennessee Whiskey (80 Proof/40% ABV, 10 years old)
- Benjamin Prichard’s Double Barreled Bourbon (90 Proof/45% ABV)
- Benjamin Prichard’s Lincoln County Lightning (90 Proof/45% ABV, unaged)
- Benjamin Prichard’s Sweet Lucy Bourbon Liqueur (70 Proof/35% ABV)
- Benjamin Prichard’s Single Malt Whiskey (80 Proof/40% ABV)
Prichard’s Distillery is currently located at 11 Kelso Smithland Road, Kelso, Tennessee, 37348. Directions to the distillery can be found here.
Plans are underway to relocate production to ‘Fontanel Mansion & Farm’ which is located at 4225 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek, Nashville, Tennessee. Directions to the new location can be found here.
Collier and McKeel
Collier and McKeel Distillery was established in 2010.
The distillery uses a 570 gallon hand-hammered copper pot still which was made by Vendome Copper and Brass of Louisville, Kentucky. The whiskey is mellowed through sugar maple charcoal and matured in small sized barrels.
Collier and McKeel Distillery produces vodka and whiskey. Their product ranges includes:
- Collier and McKeel Tennessee Whiskey (80 Proof/40% ABV)
- Collier and McKeel White Dog (120 Proof/60% ABV, unaged)
- Collier and McKeel Fiery Gizzard Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey
The distillery is located at 1200 Clinton Street, Nashville, Tennessee, 37212. The distillery is housed in the Marathon Motorworks Village. Built in the late 1800′s, the building was formerly used as a production facility for the Marathon automobile.
Corsair Artisan (Corsair Artisan Tennessee Distillery)
Corsair Artisan was co-founded by Andrew Webber and Darek Bell in 2007 and incorporated in 2008. In early 2010, Corsair Artisan LLC established a brewery and distillery in Nashville, Tennessee. This is Corsair Artisan’s second distillery, their other distillery is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Corsair Artisan Distillery is located at 1200 Clinton Street, Nashville, Tennessee, 37212. The distillery is housed in the Marathon Motorworks Village. Built in the late 1800′s, the building was formerly used as a production facility for the Marathon automobile.
Distillery tours are available Wednesday – Saturday, further details here.
George Dickel (George A Dickel & Co.)
George A. Dickel distilled his first bottle of Tennessee Whiskey in 1870. Sometime during the 1870s Dickel bought a controlling interest in the Cascade Hollow Distillery. Today the distillery is known as the George Dickel Distillery in his honour. George Dickel is currently owned by Diageo plc.
George Dickel reportedly declared that his whisky was the equal of the finest Scotch and in keeping with the Scotch whisky tradition, he decided to drop the ‘e’ traditionally used when referring to American ‘whiskey’.
George Dickel is the only Tennessee whisky to chill the whisky before it goes into the charcoal mellowing vats. Dickel had discovered that whisky made during the winter was smoother than whisky made in the summer.
John Lunn is the current Master Distiller at George Dickel.
The George Dickel whisky range includes:
- George Dickel Cascade Hollow Tennessee Whisky (80 Proof/40% ABV)
- George Dickel Old No. 8 Tennessee Whisky (80 Proof/40% ABV)
- George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky (90 Proof/45% ABV)
- George Dickel Barrel Select (86 Proof/43% ABV, aged 10-12 years)
The distillery is located at 1950 Cascade Hollow Road, Tullahoma, Tennessee, 37388. Directions to the distillery can be found here.
Jack Daniel’s (Jack Daniel Distillery)
The Jack Daniel Distillery was established by Jasper Newton ‘Jack’ Daniel and licensed in 1866, making it the oldest registered distillery in the United States. Jack Daniel’s is currently owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation.
Jack Daniel’s whiskey is filtered through sugar maple charcoal in large wooden vats prior to aging. Jeff Arnett is the current Master Distiller, the seventh to date in Jack Daniel’s history.
The Jack Daniel’s whiskey range includes:
- Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey (80 Proof/40% ABV)
- Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey (90 Proof/45% ABV)
- Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey (80 Proof/40% ABV)
- Jack Daniel’s Silver Select Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey (100 Proof/50% ABV)
The distillery is located at 182 Lynchburg Highway, Lynchburg, Tennessee, 37352. Directions to the distillery can be found here.
These are distilleries that have not yet released Tennessee Whiskey, some are yet to commence operations.
Chattanooga Whiskey Company
The Chattanooga Whiskey Company currently produces two whiskeys: ‘1816 Reserve’ and ‘1816 Cask’.
The mash bill consists of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley. The whiskey is aged for three years in charred American white oak barrels. 1816 Reserve is bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV), while 1816 Cask is bottled at 113.6 proof (56.8% ABV).
Their whiskey is currently being produced in Indiana, as laws dating back to the Prohibition era prevent them from operating a distillery in Hamilton County.
Founders Tim Piersant and Joe Ledbetter are seeking to change the law, and if successful they are planning to build and operate a whiskey distillery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Further information is available on the Chattanooga Whiskey Company website: chattanoogawhiskey.com.
Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
Brothers Andy and Charlie Nelson are resurrecting the whiskey business that their great-great-great grandfather, Charles Nelson established in the 1800s.
Charles Nelson was a highly successful merchant in Tennessee, his three best selling products being coffee, meat and whiskey. The sales of whiskey proved so successful that he couldn’t keep up with demand, so Nelson decided to purchase the distillery producing the whiskey, located in Greenbrier, Tennessee.
Nelson expanded the production capacity of the distillery, and by the late 1880s the volume produced at the distillery dwarfed that of its competitors such as Jack Daniel’s and Cascade Hollow (now George Dickel). Charles Nelson passed away on December 13, 1891. His wife Louisa assumed control of the distillery and she ran the operations until the distillery had to close in 1909 due to Prohibition.
Andy and Charlie are currently selling bourbon produced elsewhere, under the ‘Belle Meade Bourbon’ label. The brothers have Charles Nelson’s old recipes and plan to establish their own distillery in Greenbrier, building on the tradition started by their ancestor.
Further information is available on the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery website: greenbrierdistillery.com.
SPEAKeasy Spirits was founded by Jeff Pennington and his wife Jenny Pennington in 2009. SPEAKeasy Spirits LLC announced the successful completion of their state and federal permit applications process on 24 February 2012.
The first brand to be launched under the SPEAKeasy name will be ‘Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream’, a Tennessee Whiskey Cream Liqueur. The product release was scheduled for April 2012.
SPEAKeasy Spirits also plans to offer private labeling, bottling and manufacturing services for the alcohol beverage industry.
The distillery is located at 900 44th Avenue North, Suite 100, Nashville, Tennessee.
Further information is available on the SPEAKeasy Spirits website: speakeasy-spirits.com.
The Tennessee Spirits Company
The formation of The Tennessee Spirits Company was announced alongside the establishment of its parent company, Capital Brands LLC on 27 March 2012.
The company is currently building a distillery in Pulaski, in Giles County, Tennessee. Dave Scheurich is Master Distiller for The Tennessee Spirits Company.
Planned products include: ‘Jailers Premium Tennessee Whiskey’ (86 proof / 43% ABV), ‘Breakout Premium 8-Year-Old American Rye Whiskey’ (86 proof / 43% ABV), and ‘Forbidden Secret American Cream Liqueur’ (30 proof / 15% ABV).
The distillery will be located at One Whiskey Way in Pulaski, Tennessee, at the Junction of Interstate 65 and State Highway 64.
Further information is available on the website: tennesseespiritscompany.com.
Tenn South Distillery
Tenn South Distillery first broke ground in a ceremony held on 18 May 2012. Initially the distillery will offer unaged liquors, with aged whiskey to come later.
The distillery will be located in Giles County, Tennessee, about 2.5 miles south of the town of Lynnville, on Abernathy Road. There has not been a legal distillery in Giles County for over a century.
The whiskey may be called ‘Cumberland Whiskey’ (unconfirmed). The distillery website is not yet active (tennsouthdistillery.com).
Other producers… technically not ‘Tennessee Whiskey’
These producers make spirits that do not meet the criteria to be classified as ‘Tennessee Whiskey’.
Some of these distilleries are planning to produce Tennessee Whiskey in the future, others make unaged spirits (not matured in oak barrels).
There has been a recent surge in the number of producers moving into the legal manufacture of ‘Moonshine’ and there are many others making unaged spirits in addition to those listed below.
Full Throttle Distillery
A distillery is being established in the small town of Trimble (Dyer County, Tennessee) by reality TV show star Michael Ballard. Michael starred in ‘Full Throttle Saloon’ – an American TV series about his bar of the same name. Full Throttle Saloon (located in Sturgis, South Dakota) is the world’s largest biker bar, but opens for just 10 days a year during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.
Michael chose to establish the distillery in Trimble as he grew up in the town and still has family there.
The Full Throttle Distillery will produce moonshine (unaged spirit), which will be branded as: Full Throttle Sl’oon Shine. It is currently being produced in Boulder, Colorado until the Trimble distillery is operating.
Construction of the distillery is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.
Further information can be found at the State Gazette articles below:
Ole Smoky Distillery
The Ole Smoky Distillery was established in July 2010.
The distillery produces a number of unaged spirits including the Ole Smoky Original Tennessee Moonshine which is an unaged corn ‘whiskey’ (80% corn, the remaining 20% is a closely guarded secret).
The distillery is located at 903 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738. Directions to the distillery can be found here.
Popcorn Sutton Distilling
Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey
Marvin ‘Popcorn’ Sutton was a third generation moonshiner that lived and distilled his moonshine whiskey in Cocke County, Tennessee. Sutton became a folk hero after publishing his autobiography (Me and My Likker) and featuring in a number of videos and documentaries on moonshine. On 16 March 2009, Popcorn Sutton took his own life rather than go to federal prison for making Moonshine Whiskey. Sutton, 62 at the time, had recently been diagnosed with cancer and pleas for him to serve his sentence under house arrest were unsuccessful.
Popcorn believed in his whiskey and the traditions he lived and ultimately died for. Even in the midst of his impending prison sentence he managed to ensure his life’s work would continue by passing this tradition onto his apprentice Jamey Grosser, who he called the ‘grocery boy’.
On 9 November 2010, Hank Williams Jr. announced his partnership with J&M Concepts LLC and widow Pam Sutton to distill and distribute Popcorn Sutton’s whiskey legally for the first time. ‘Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey’ is produced on stills designed by Sutton using his secret family recipe and techniques Sutton entrusted to Jamey Grosser (of J&M Concepts LLC).
Sutton was apparently given the nickname of ‘Popcorn’ after damaging a bar’s faulty popcorn vending machine with a pool cue.
Short Mountain Distillery
The Short Mountain Distillery commenced production in January 2012 and is owned and operated by the Kaufman brothers. Tours and tastings were available from 23 March 2012 and the distillery’s official opening is scheduled for 21 April 2012.
The distillery plans to make a number of products including Tennessee Moonshine, Bourbon Whiskey, and Tennessee Whiskey using corn grown and stone-milled on a 300 acre farm in Cannon County, Tennessee.
The distillery is located at 119 Mountain Spirits Lane, Woodbury, Tennessee, 37190. Directions to the distillery can be found here.