- Distiller: Chattanooga Whiskey
- Spirit: Straight Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey
- Aged: 3+ Years
- Proof: 111
- Purchase Price: $44.99
- Chattanooga Whiskey Website
About The Distillery: “Inspired by our city’s rich distilling history, Chattanooga Whiskey was founded in 2011 with a mission to bring back “Whiskey to the People.” Following the success of our community-powered Vote Whiskey campaign, we eventually became the first distillery in Chattanooga in over a century.”
We’re suckers for a good story behind a good brand here at Whiskey Culture. If you feel the same way, good news, Chattanooga Whiskey delivers.
Their story starts when sweeping legislation kept many counties in TN dry and unable to produce liquor. Though community sentiment had changed with whiskey being viewed as a deeply engrained piece of American history and culture, many of TN’s counties held on to these dated restrictions.
Chattanooga whiskey had a dream to overthrow these antiquated ideals and open Chattanooga’s doors to thirsty whiskey-seekers around the country by orchestrating the “Vote Whiskey” campaign.
With new legislation and laws, they opened their doors in 2011 with a mission to bring “whiskey to the people.”
They initially utilized MGP juice to bring their recipes to life while perfecting their own recipe. Now, the juice filling their iconic bottles is made in the walls of Chattanooga Whiskey, and, spoiler, it’s good.
Notes & Score
Nose: The nose has notes of cognac and orange peel, sweet corn, butterscotch, raisin, and earthy notes of damp oak.
Palate: Complex notes of sweet caramel cream candy and stewed honey winter fruit give way to more savory notes of baking spice and malt balls.
Finish: Dry finish consisting of charred oak, baked allspice, and licorice undertones.
Value: At the price point of under $50 and it being regularly available, it’s an incredible value you’re actually able to find on the shelf.
Conclusion: We think it’s a pour that’s straightforward and done very well. For the age being 3 years (or more) there is a lot of mature flavors in the bottle. Chattanooga Whiskey knew what they were doing when they made this whiskey and it absolutely shows. While it is spicier than their 91, it also turbo charges the flavors for an intense yet enjoyable pour both neat and over ice.