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Kirkland Signature

Kirkland Signature
Tennessee Whiskey

Category: Tennessee Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$24.99

Kirkland Signature
Tennessee Whiskey

Category: Tennessee Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 40%
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts and grains, charcoal, and honey baked cherry with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy vanilla cream and pepper finish. A spicy, grainy whiskey that will cut through nicely in cocktails.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Spirity
Aroma Aroma: honey roasted nuts and grains, charcoal, and honey baked cherry
Taste Flavor: vanilla cream and pepper
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails
Cocktail Cocktails: Sazerac, Brooklyn, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spicy, grainy whiskey that will cut through nicely in cocktails.

The Producer

Mach Flynt Inc.

The Producer
902 S Division Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337-802-2129

Their Portfolio

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86 First Timer 2014 Red Wine, California 13% (USA) $12.99.
93 First Timer 2015 Repeat Offender, Pinot Noir, Central Coast 13.9% (USA) $19.99.
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Tennessee Whiskey

Spirits Glass Glencairn Canadian Amber.jpg
Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Tennessee Whisky must contain a minimum of 51% corn, be produced in Tennessee, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 proof), filtered through a bed of sugar maple charcoal, and be aged for a minimum of two years in new charred barrels.

The Taste: The taste descriptors for Tennessee whisky tend to parallel those of its Kentucky cousin. The distinction and the difference comes on the finish which is long, clean, and very, very smooth—a result of the final sugar maple charcoal filtration. Legally, Tennessee whiskeys could be sold as Bourbon; but the two Volunteer State distillers are proud enough of their “sipping whisky” to insist that the difference be known to all.

Tennessee whiskey is a first cousin of Bourbon, with virtually an identical history. The same sort of people used the same sort of grains and the same sort of production techniques to produce a style of whiskey that, remarkably, is noticeably different. The early whiskey distillers in Tennessee, for reasons that are lost in the mists of history, added a final step to their production process when they began filtering their whiskey through thick beds of sugar maple charcoal. This filtration removes some of the congeners (flavor elements) in the spirit and creates a smooth, mellow palate. The two remaining distillers in the state continue this tradition, which a distiller at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery once described as being "same church, different pew."

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