Pennington Distilling’s 2nd Annual Hardest Harvest Party Marks Nashville’s First Bottled in Bond Bourbon Release
Allisa Henley, Distiller at Sazerac of Tennessee, returns to the Nashville Whiskey Festival’s Women In Whiskey this year on October 4th at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This all-women, all-producer event will include a tasting of the panel members’ whiskeys and a discussion moderated by Straight Up 615’s Cary Ann Fuller. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to pick a barrel with the women of the panel.
Henley is a born and raised Tennessean with a passion for all things whiskey. She is especially passionate about Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon and joined Sazerac of Tennessee in July of 2016. She plays an integral role in the development of Sazerac’s new Tennessee Whiskey, along with other fine Tennessee spirits. Henley also was the public face behind the push to move Tennessee operations to Murfreesboro from Newport, in part to be a more accessible stop on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail.
She has worked in the spirits industry for more than 14 years, spending the first part of her career at Diageo. During this time, she wore many hats, including brand marketing, ambassador, educator, and distillery and warehouse operations. She was the first Diageo operations person recognized as a Master of Whiskey. Through her hard work and dedication, she became the Distiller of George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey.
Allisa travels the country sharing her industry experience and knowledge. She can uniquely discuss the business from the distillery and maturing operations side as well as from the marketing and customer perspective. She continues to share her experiences in tastings, seminars, representing women in whiskey, and by hands on education in a distillery setting.
Allisa has a B.A in Business Administration from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and M.B.A. from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.
Women In Whiskey VIP Ticket Holders Will Participate in a Barrel Selection of George Dickel with Distiller Nicole Austin
Fans of Buffalo Trace will soon have a new, beautiful distillery location to visit in Murfreesboro
Have Passport, Will Shop Duty Free
This week I noticed a spike in traffic to a piece from September announcing that Jack Daniel’s would soon bottle in bond. I started asking a few questions to the good folks in-the-know over in Lynchburg. Here’s what I found out:
- The good news– this Travelers’ Exclusive bottle is now available in major travel retail stores, like airports and cruise ships.
- The bad news– you’ve gotta leave the U.S. for a few days to buy it. (OK, that’s not really bad news, but makes for an expensive bottle of Jack)
- The speculation– Jack Daniel’s has a history of releasing new products in this manner before launching them for distribution stateside. Those without international travel plans in the near future- don’t panic! It’s coming.
- Why you should care– this is the first bottled in bond Tennessee Whiskey that we can find record of.
Need a reason to get up early over the weekend? Jump on a luxury tour bus and head out on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail with Mint Julep Experiences. A staple on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Mint Julep crossed the southern border and is here to help you get your passport stamped at a variety of Tennessee distilleries. Offering tours five days a week, Mint Julep is your ticket for a day trip out of Nashville.
The thirty or so distilleries making up the Tennessee Whiskey Trail are spread all across the state, from Memphis to the Tri Cities. Mint Julep is currently concentrating their efforts to explore the Trail in Middle Tennessee, maximizing your day by hitting the road first thing in the morning. The “Legends” tour hits Tennessee whiskey giants Jack Daniels and George Dickel while the “Rising Stars” tour focuses on Tennessee’s craft distilleries. Both tours are about 8 hours and include VIP treatment at the host distilleries as well as lunch and an expert guide to provide a backdrop to the history and color of the Tennessee whiskey landscape.
I was recently treated to a trip out on the new bus, and we hit the Trail for a taste of the “Rising Star” experience. The first stop was at Corsair Distillery where we were treated to a tour and a smorgosboard of cocktail offerings. This is a great way to jump start your day; pack a cooler or a flask to keep the party going on your trip down to H Clark and Leiper’s Fork distilleries. Further tours and lots more tastings await.
Whether you’re visiting for the first time and want to visit the grandfathers of Tennessee whiskey or you’re looking to expand your horizons into the craft scene, there’s no bad day on the Trail. Contact the Nashville team at Mint Julep to book your tour, or create your own personalized itinerary! These guys have a decade of experience in Kentucky and are now ready roll through Tennessee.
Nicole Austin, an innovative, smart and feisty industry veteran, is taking over the helm at the distillery formerly known as George Dickel in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Read More
Davidson Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey from Pennington Distilling Co. Hits Shelves This Week
On the third anniversary of its first barreling of Tennessee Whiskey, Pennington Distilling Co. celebrated with a re-branding, a huge party, an expansion announcement, and the launch of their first aged spirit, Davidson Reserve Rye.
Book your international travel for now if you want to snag one of these “Travelers’ Exclusive” bottles from Jack Daniels! The newest line extension of the familiar Tennessee Whiskey, a Bottled in Bond expression, will ship to major international airports and points of departure in the summer of 2018.
Sazerac Company, owner of Buffalo Trace Distillery, announced today the acquisition of the Popcorn Sutton Distillery in Newport, Tennessee. John Lunn and Allisa Henley, both of George Dickel background, will once again be distilling Tennessee Whiskey under the new ownership.
Expect a deluge of Tennessee Whiskey on the shelves in the next few years; over a dozen Tennessee distillers are currently producing and aging the product.