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Chattanooga Single Barrels Whiskies

We get together with Florida Rep Chris Helmly for another round only this time it is with two special bottles of Chattanooga Whiskey.  The 1816 Single Barrel aged 11 years at 111.2 proof was a limited release of their MGP offering that was picked up at the experimental distillery tour last year.  This has a flavor all it’s own and you can taste high percentage of rye on the finish.  The second bottle is Chattanooga’s first ever barrel 91 Tennessee High Malt Single Barrel Store Pick(their own distillate). Coming in at 118 proof!  We also get a chance to check out the Chattanooga Whiskey single barrel selection kit.  Chris gives us a break down on the selection process complete with a tasting chart and grain examples. For a 118 proof, it goes down smooth with an abundance of flavor as Chris says that’s what Chattanooga is after with their caramel malts and seven day fermentation process.  Erik hits it right on the head, “Chattanooga just does it right”.  We were impressed with the 91 and 111, the 1816 was good but we’d agree that the 91 Single Barrel store pick was just plain awesome giving it the highest score to date.  Check out the review below, pick up a bottle and let us know what you think!

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Chattanooga 1816 and Tennessee High Malt Single Barrels

We get together with Florida Rep Chris Helmly for another round only this time it is with two special bottles of Chattanooga Whiskey.  The 1816 Single Barrel aged 11 years at 111.2 proof was a limited release of their MGP offering that was picked up at the experimental distillery tour last year.  This has a flavor all it’s own and you can taste high percentage of rye on the finish.  The second bottle is Chattanooga’s first ever barrel 91 Tennessee High Malt Single Barrel Store Pick(their own distillate). Coming in at 118 proof!  We also get a chance to check out the Chattanooga Whiskey single barrel selection kit.  Chris gives us a break down on the selection process complete with a tasting chart and grain examples. For a 118 proof, it goes down smooth with an abundance of flavor as Chris says that’s what Chattanooga is after with their caramel malts and seven day fermentation process.  Erik hits it right on the head, “Chattanooga just does it right”.  We were impressed with the 91 and 111, the 1816 was good but we’d agree that the 91 Single Barrel store pick was just plain awesome giving it the highest score to date.  Check out the review, pick up a bottle and let us know what you think!

Single Barrel Selection kit with 1816

Bicentennial Jack Daniel’s

On June 1796, President George Washington signed a bill granting statehood to Tennessee.  In 1866 Jack(Jasper Newton) Daniel registered the first distillery in America. In 1896 he bottled Jack Daniel’s Centennial in celebration of Tennessee’s 100th birthday in a special decanter that he designed himself and due to the time it took to craft the unique twisted glass shape few were made.  For Tennessee’s bicentennial Jack Daniel’s (now owned by Brown-Forman) bottled a Jack Daniel’s Bicentennial Whiskey at 96 proof in a very similar decanter.  The highest proof bottling at that time.  Now you have Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel and Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select both at 100 proof!  The Bicentennial was a limited bottling that was sold in 1995 and can now only be found on the secondary market for 400 to 600 dollars.

Distilling Hand Sanitizer

Distilleries all across America, actually the world are stepping up to help in this time of crisis.  With hand sanitizer flying off shelves and it becoming as scarce as a bottle of Pappy, some people have stepped up.  Distilleries have parts of the distillate that can’t be used for consuming but they can be used for cleaning or cleaning hands.  It’s not as easy as you think.  There are laws and restrictions in place that make it difficult to produce.  Luckily the government, specifically the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau actually waived parts of the law, particularly the part where they had to obtain permits or bonds to create hand sanitizer. This doesn’t mean that the distilleries knew how to make it.  They had to get together with each other, watch webinars and consult online guides in order to make this stuff.  Is does have to be at least 120 proof or 60% alcohol.  We don’t recommend drinking it( just tastes awful) but it does well in killing germs, like covid-19. There has been some talk that you can even make your own whiskey into hand sanitizer as long as it’s 120 proof or more but who would do that?  Here are just a few of the good people that jumping into the fray.  Brown Froman, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Rabbit Hole Distillery, St. Augustine Distillery, Proof Artisan Distillery, Jameson, Carve Vodka, Heaven Hill, just to name a few.  A great quote from Matthew Bagdanovich from Fish Hawk Spirits in Ocala FL said “You’d have to be a jerk not to lend a hand if you’ve got the ability to lend a hand”.  Love that.  Another good quote comes from Bill Thomas, owner of Jack Rose Dining Saloon said “And this is absolutely proof that the whiskey drinker is the best kind of human being on the planet”.  That kind of says it all.  So, we here at Whiskey and a Hammock raise our glass to all that are doing what they can to help.  

Where is your whiskey really from?

With the whiskey/bourbon boom it seems that some of those brands out there aren’t giving us the truth. The number of distilleries has gone from 100 to 1400 in the last ten years which means that obviously demand has gone crazy. Well… this being an aged deal, it takes a minute for it to mature and be ready. A short cut many of these brands are using is sourcing it from MGP(Midwest Grain Products). This in itself really isn’t the problem. The problem lies with some of these brands coming out with a great marketing story only to find out it’s false. Come to find out that people don’t like being lied to. Now some brands come right out and say it, that either they don’t distill it themselves or are using this as a starter. It comes down to if it’s good whiskey we’ll give it go but don’t tell us that it comes from some mystical water source or some secret recipe that was found it a collapsed mine. Nobody likes to find out that they’ve been drinking horse pucky.

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