Middle Tennessee is Thirsty for Whiskey

This weekend's Tennessean was full of interesting details about the whiskey industry in Middle Tennessee, including the distilleries that make it and the bars that serve it.

It is only prudent that we discuss the spelling of whiskey before continuing.  The debate is real, folks.  This is a topic that has warranted discussion on blogs and articles all the way to the New York Times.

It would seem a generic rule of thumb is this:  countries with an "E" in their names, spell it WHISKEY (United States, Ireland) and countries without an "E" in their names spell it WHISKY (Japan, Canada, Scotland).

Several of our clients were mentioned in the articles, from Whiskey Nirvana to Give These Bars a Shot.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton Client Corsair Gets Nod from Whisky Advocate Magazine

One of Bonelaw’s clients has made big news in the whiskey world, and we wanted to share their glory: Corsair Artisan Distillery’s Triple Smoke Whiskey has won the “Artisan Whiskey of the Year” award from Whisky Advocate magazine. The magazine noted, “Anyone can throw grains, smoke, hops or spices in a fermenter or a still. It takes skill, restraint and a good palate to make an award-winner out of it.”

Bone McAllester Norton Client Corsair Gets Nod from Whisky Advocate Magazine

One of Bonelaw’s clients has made big news in the whiskey world, and we wanted to share their glory: Corsair Artisan Distillery’s Triple Smoke Whiskey has won the “Artisan Whiskey of the Year” award from Whisky Advocate magazine. The magazine noted, “Anyone can throw grains, smoke, hops or spices in a fermenter or a still. It takes skill, restraint and a good palate to make an award-winner out of it.”

Will Cheek Quoted on Whiskey Distilleries in Tennessee

In 2010, Legislature passed a law allowing 43 Tennessee counties to manufacture whiskey.  This law was passed in hopes that new distilleries will work in conjunction with the established brands to create a draw for tourists to Tennessee.


Will Cheek told Westview, "It was seen as being a really strong barrier to starting up, particularly for a microdistillery where you really don't want to spend that much money and you don't have that many people,"


"Any changes to the state liquor laws are going to be very difficult," he said.


"What is happening now really lays the foundation for a whiskey trail that is similar to the bourbon trail that Kentucky has," Cheek said. "The bourbon trail is fairly successful, but what the bourbon trail lacks is an international brand. We know Maker's Mark and we know Wild Turkey, but those aren't big brands in Europe or China or Japan.”


"We've got Jack Daniel's and that might be the best-known brand of spirits worldwide. We have a real marquee that draws people, and if we could have a number of micro-distilleries that are available for touring and marketed properly, it could be really neat."


This story was picked up and repeated in papers like The Leaf Chronicle, The Daily Herald and other papers by the Associated Press.