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Tennessee Whiskey for the Wild in Spirit: Best of 2023

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Tennessee Whiskey for the Wild in Spirit: Best of 2023

In 2023, our Lemon Ice Cookie Cream liqueur Lemon Ice Cookie Cream Liqueur won American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) Best of Class award in the International Spirits Competition.. Still, our Tennessee whiskeys are just as worthy of a seat at the head of the table. Some of our other spirits did receive mentions at the ADI, and they’re likely to be spotlighted here, too, as we look back at our best whiskeys of 2023. 

Why We’re Known For Our Whiskey

By law, Tennessee whiskey must be produced in Tennessee, distilled from at least 51% corn, and aged in oak barrels. 

Tennessee Whiskey is a historical institution. Our ancestors have been distilling whiskey in the Tennessee area for centuries, and even though the prohibition stopped Tennessee distillers from legally selling their whiskey, our state became known for the wild adventures of its bootleggers and speakeasies. 

Old Tennessee Distilling Company takes this history seriously. We keep our distillation methods as close to tradition as possible and ensure our spirits are farm-to-bottle. The liquor that goes into our bottles is created from locally grown produce; handmade by master brewers, this is authentic Tennessee Whiskey at its finest. 

True Tennessee Whiskey

We craft our whiskeys to suit every level of whiskey drinker. From the newbie enjoying mellow spirits with mixers to the spirit connoisseur who prefers theirs bold and straight, we’re confident this whiskey range is diverse enough to satisfy everyone. 

The Classic

Old Tennessee Corn Whiskey

Old Tennessee Premium American Whiskey is distilled from the finest American corn, malted barley, and wheat. 100 Proof and 50% alcohol, this is one genuinely wild spirit. Smooth for easy drinking, but with a whiskey bite on the finish that reminds you who’s boss, we love enjoying this trailblazer as is or on the rocks. 

If straight whiskey is too strong for your taste, in November, we enjoyed it in a pumpkin spice latte (with a kick). In this cold weather, it’s the perfect pick-me-up. 

The Smooth Mover 

A bottle of Old Tennessee Distilling Company's Tennessee Whiskey

There’s no denying it. This whiskey is smooth. Think rich caramel wrapped around lighter vanilla and floral notes with a smoky corn finish; this Tennessee Whiskey would make our ancestors proud. 42% alcohol and 92 proof, serve this straight as the evening winds down or use it to liven up an easy cocktail like a Rusty Nail or a Whiskey and Cola. 

For the Special Occasions

Old TN Bourbon whiskey

Keep this one in your bar to impress your friends on special occasions. 13 years old, 101 proof, and 50.5% alcohol, the Old Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey doesn’t mess around. 

Enjoy this whiskey however you like; it’s your special occasion! We like it straight and on the rocks. Over the holiday season, we included it in warming winter cocktails like Irish Coffee and a Tennessee Bourbon and Apple Cider. It was the perfect match!

Stock Up on Tennessee Whiskey

Start the new year with the right way. Visit us near Gatlinburg, TN, for free tastings, wild $5 cocktails, and more premium, locally distilled Tennessee whiskey than you can choose from. We’re open seven days a week, so bring your friends, family, and pets for a great day out.

Kent Merritt

Gatlinburg native Kent Merrit oversees the behind-the-scenes operations at Old Tennessee Distilling Company. He has over 35 years of manufacturing and business management experience and is passionate about developing and promoting businesses with exceptional products and excellent customer service. He invites you to pop in at Old Tennessee Distilling Co. for a free tasting of moonshine and distilled spirits. "Take a moment, take a sip, and get a taste for Tennessee."

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