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
The Nashville Whiskey Festival is back for its seventh year in Music City. The Festival, produced by Midtown Corkdorks, culminates in a grand tasting on Saturday, October 6. A number of events during the week lead up to the Saturday finale including Women In Whiskey. Straight Up 615‘s very own, yours truly, Cary Ann Fuller will again moderate a panel of women in the whiskey world. Read More
Fans of Buffalo Trace will soon have a new, beautiful distillery location to visit in Murfreesboro
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.