Originally Posted by Mike Ballash
What exactly is Tennesee whisky? Obviously made in Tennesee right? Is it a bourbon? And why is it distinct from other whiskeys of the same type?
Officially recognized and regulated by the U. S. tax authorities since 1941, the process begins the same as bourbon but it is the final process that distinguishes Tennessee whiskey from bourbon. Tennessee whiskey or Tennessee sour mash is distinguished from bourbon as it is produced using the LINCOLN COUNTY PROCESS
. The LINCOLN COUNTY PROCESS
is a special filtration process whereby the fresh whiskey is filtered through 10 feet of maple charcoal. This process is also known as CHARCOAL MELLOWING
. This filtration process makes the whiskey unusally mild. Two of the best examples of Tennessee sour mash are JACK DANIELS
and GEORGE DICKEL.