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Davidson Reserve

Davidson Reserve
Single Barrel No. 15-0026 Small Batch Tennessee Straight Sour Mash Whiskey

Category: Tennessee Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 62.9%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$59

Davidson Reserve
Single Barrel No. 15-0026 Small Batch Tennessee Straight Sour Mash Whiskey

Category: Tennessee Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 62.9%
Copper color. Aromas of chocolate malt shake, gingerbread cookies, brown sugar-tossed sweet plantains, licorice, freshly sawn oak, and maple with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a hot, interesting, long carob, date cake, marcona almonds, and licorice finish. A rich, oaky Tennessee Whiskey with all the dark, mysterious flavors.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich & Spicy
Aroma Aroma: chocolate malt shake, gingerbread cookies, brown sugar-tossed sweet plantains, licorice, freshly sawn oak, and maple
Taste Flavor: carob, date cake, marcona almonds, and licorice
Smoothness Smoothness: Hot
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks, in cocktails, with cigars and with drops of water
Cocktail Cocktails: Sazerac, Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, oaky Tennessee Whiskey with all the dark, mysterious flavors.

The Producer

Pennington Distilling Company

The Producer
900 44th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209
USA

Tennessee Whiskey

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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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