NASHVILLE, TN – March 29, 2019 – Pennington Distilling Co. introduces their Tennessee whiskey. The long-awaited whiskey is one of Nashville’s first locally-distilled Tennessee whiskeys, and joins a small group of Tennessee whiskey brands who distill the product themselves in their own facility.
Davidson Reserve Tennessee Whiskey is one of the world’s first chances to experience and taste a small batch, craft Tennessee whiskey. Davidson Reserve Tennessee Whiskey is a permanent member of the Pennington Distilling Co. spirits line, joining Davidson Reserve Rye and Davidson Reserve Four Grain.
As with all of their whiskey, Pennington Distilling Co. takes pride in the fact that, outside of growing the grain, they control every part of the production process at their Nashville distillery. Pennington Distilling Co. doesn’t grow the corn and rye for their Tennessee whiskey, but sources local ingredients from Renfroe Farms in nearby Huntingdon, Tennessee.
Davidson Reserve Tennessee Whiskey is made with a mash bill of 70% corn, 25% rye, and 5% barley, milled on-site using a hammer mill. After grinding the grain to the consistency of cornmeal, Pennington Distilling Co. cooks the mash to prepare it for fermentation. Yeast is then introduced, which begins the process of making alcohol. Following fermentation, Pennington Distilling Co. distills their Tennessee whiskey twice and then mellows it by passing it through maple charcoal.
At this point the whiskey is ready to enter the barrel for aging. Pennington Distilling Co. uses 53-gallon barrels for aging. Davidson Reserve Tennessee Whiskey is aged a minimum of four years and then tasted frequently after that duration to determine exactly when it is ready for bottling.
While Tennessee whiskey and bourbon share a lot of similarities, there are some distinct differences. Both start out with the same requirements - distilled using at least 51% corn, not distilled over 160 proof, barreled at a proof level of 125 or below and using a new charred oak barrel. However, Tennessee whiskey has two extra defining characteristics. The obvious difference is that Tennessee whiskey must be made in Tennessee as opposed to bourbon which can be made anywhere in the United States. The other difference is that Tennessee whiskey is charcoal-filtered before it goes into the barrel for aging. Using a method known as the Lincoln County Process, the distillate is filtered or steeped through charcoal chips before entering barrels. The charcoal filtering process strips the whiskey of some of its harsher flavors, creating a smoother, easier-to-drink whiskey.
About Pennington Distilling Company
Established in 2011 as SPEAKeasy Spirits, Pennington Distilling Co. is an artisan distillery located in the Historic Nations neighborhood of Nashville, TN. Their products include Davidson Reserve Rye, Davidson Reserve Four Grain, Pickers Vodka, Walton’s Vodka, Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream and Crafted Cordials. The distillery also offers private labeling, bottling, rectifying and processing services to the alcohol beverage industry under the SPEAKeasy Spirits brand.
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