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Tennessee Whiskey Trail Launch

Move over, Kentucky–Tennessee now has its own whiskey trail! Twenty-five distilleries from the mountains to Memphis. Full details below…

Tennessee Distillers Guild Announces Official Launch of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail

Tennessee distillers come together to unveil a 25-stop whiskey tour across the state. Three launch celebrations planned throughout the year in East, Middle and West Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., JUNE 19, 2017 – The Tennessee Distillers Guild, a membership organization consisting of 25 Tennessee distilleries, is proud to announce the official launch of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, a 25-stop distillery tour across the state of Tennessee.

“The Tennessee Whiskey Trail is a joint effort by all of our Guild members to feature Tennessee whiskey and moonshine, as well as the craftsmen and women that make them,” said Kris Tatum, president of the Tennessee Distillers Guild. “On the Trail, visitors can learn about the art of distilling and about the history and the culture of whiskey-making that is legendary in our state.”

The Tennessee Whiskey Trail consists of 25 distilleries ranging from boutique-sized distilleries to large internationally-recognized operations that span from East to West Tennessee. Along the Trail, visitors can get a taste of the history, tradition, and novelty of Tennessee whiskey, as well as experience the rich landscapes, must-see landmarks, and genuine Southern hospitality that embody the great state of Tennessee.

“This Trail puts an international spotlight on Tennessee and its whiskey culture,” said Tatum. “We hope to see people come from all over the world to just to get a taste of this once-in-a-lifetime Tennessee whiskey experience.”

The Trail’s official launch will be feted by three statewide celebrations in East, Middle and West Tennessee throughout the course of its inaugural year. The first celebration will take place at the Little Brick Theatre at the Factory in Franklin on June 19, 2017. The second celebration will coincide with the Tennessee Distillers Guild’s annual Grains and Grits Festival in Townsend, TN on Nov. 3-4, 2017, and the third and final celebration will take place in Memphis in May 2018.

To embark on the Trail, visitors can get their free passport booklet on tnwhiskeytrail.com or pick them up at select distillery locations and collect stamps at each distillery en route. Those who collect all 25 stamps will receive a commemorative gift to mark their achievement. The Trail can be completed distillery-by-distillery or in regions at a time. Serious whiskey enthusiasts who hope to complete the entire Trail in a single trip can find a 10-day itinerary on tnwhiskeytrail.com. To get your free passport booklet or to plan your trip, visit www.tnwhiskeytrail.com.

Come join us and see why Adventures Run on Tennessee Whiskey.

About Tennessee Whiskey Trail:

The Tennessee Whiskey Trail consists of 25 distilleries across the state of Tennessee ranging from boutique-sized operations to well-known distilleries that have been making good ol’ fashioned Tennessee whiskey for ages. Along the Trail, visitors can get a taste of the history, tradition and novelty of Tennessee whiskey, as well as experience the rich landscapes, must-see landmarks, and genuine Southern hospitality that embody the great state of Tennessee. From the rolling hills of Appalachia to the lively blues-filled streets of Memphis, the Tennessee Whiskey Trail is a journey through time, a rich experiential adventure through Tennessee’s picturesque countryside and lively cities, and a memorable experience for whiskey connoisseurs, adventurous travelers, and history buffs alike. For more information about the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, visit www.tnwhiskeytrail.com.

Whoop and Holler American Whisky Review

Producer: Orphan Barrel/Diageo. Distiller: George Dickel. ABV: 42%. Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% malted barley. Price: $175.

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel series has been hit or miss for me. For every terrific Rhetoric, there’s an underwhelming Forged Oak.

But there’s nothing remotely disappointing about the 28-year-old Whoop and Holler. Orphan Barrel has been unusually transparent about the provenance of this latest release–and given my adoration of all things Dickel, I was thrilled to see that the Whoop is actually a 28-year-old Dickel. And, man, what a Dickel.

There’s a ton of citric acid on the nose, and it almost overwhelms the more delicate vanilla and maple notes. The palate is just superb. Toffee and caramel corn tango for a bit, before being joined by cocoa, vanilla, fresh-baked bread, and maple. The finish is wonderfully sustained. The citrus comes back for an encore, along with the corn, vanilla, and pepper.

A terrific whiskey and one I may be hinting at come Christmas time. Cheers, friends! – TM

Buy Orphan Barrel whisky online at Mash + Grape

An Orphan Barrel representative graciously provided a sample for review. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.

George Dickel Barrel Select Review

Distiller: George Dickel. 43% ABV. Age: 10-12 years. Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% malted barley. Price: $35-40

The George Dickel Barrel Select was a Father’s Day gift from Mrs. McDram. The bar has been set high for next year.

The Barrel Select is a blend of 10 barrels chosen by Master Distiller John Lunn. Like all Dickel whisky, it’s charcoal filtered (one of the reasons it isn’t classified as bourbon), which is said to yield a smoother, mellower flavor. Because of the true small batch nature of it, there will be variations, but the one I got was a peach.

Though the ABV is only 43%, it feels much richer and more potent. The nose carries vanilla and toffee with maybe a tart fruit on the back end. There’s minerality, but restrained, unlike some of the chalkier Dickels I’ve had. The palate has more of the vanilla, along with rich notes of caramel and hints of rye and fennel. There’s a long warming finish that brings back the vanilla and caramel, plus plenty of bright spice.

For me, this is now a must-have on the shelf. – TM