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Elvis

Elvis
Straight Tennessee Whiskey

Category: Tennessee Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 45%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$49

Elvis
Straight Tennessee Whiskey

Category: Tennessee Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 45%
Golden yellow color. Baked aromas and flavors of honeycomb and green apple, cream soda, sage, and raspberry, and sweet green tea and olive brine with a supple, shy, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of brioche with honey butter, corn flake cereal, pecans and peanut brittle, and black tea. Light and grain forward, this is a pleasantly soft sipper that would make an excellent Highball.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich
Aroma Aroma: honeycomb and green apple, cream soda, sage, and raspberry, and sweet green tea and olive brine
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of brioche with honey butter, corn flake cereal, pecans and peanut brittle, and black tea
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Light and grain forward, this is a pleasantly soft sipper that would make an excellent Highball.

The Producer

Grain & Barrel Spirits

The Producer
1250 Elizabeth Ave. Suite 1
West Palm Beach, FL 33480
USA

Their Portfolio

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."