A corn whiskey which has been aged in new, uncharred oak barrels. If distilled at less than 180 degrees proof and aged for more than 2 years at less than 62.5% ABV, Tennessee whisky can be further designated as straight.
Tennessee whiskey is a type of American whiskey produced in the state of Tennessee. This whiskey is generally similar to bourbon, in that it is composed of a mash of 51 - 80 per cent corn, or maize, and is aged in new oak barrels for a minimum of two years, Tennessee being aged in uncharred oak and bourbon in charred oak.
The difference between the two is that Tennessee whiskey must undergo the "Lincoln County process". This process requires that the whiskey be filtered through an approximately 10 foot thick layer of maple charcoal. This step is considered to give the whiskey a distinctive flavor and also makes it unusually mild. The process itself is named for Lincoln County, Tennessee, which is where the Jack Daniel's distillery was originally located. In 1871, the Jack Daniel's distillery, and the surrounding area became part of the newly created Moore County.
- List of Tennessee whiskies
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