Who makes it? The House of Metaxa
Something totally different than we are used to. It is very smooth at 40% alcohol and definitely has fruity smell and taste. Erik could taste plums at the first taste while Kris could pin down what kind of fruit he was tasting, then after adding ice it brought out more of the botanicals. Grapes more on the finish. With a full melt Kris could taste the rose petals and Erik enjoyed it more with a full melt.
Since it’s not a whiskey we didn’t think it would be fair to rate plus being in a league of it’s own we decided to just give our opinion.
What do you get in the bottle: wine distillates, muscat wine and Mediterranean botanicals that is a closely kept secret except for the rose petals
How much: It’ll cost you about $30
A little history. Founded by Spyros Metaxa who was a silk merchant and of the day did not like the spirits of the day being to harsh and not very smooth. He then got his brother involved and built a distillery and upon digging the foundation found a medallion of a Salamania warrior and that is on the bottle today. It was first introduced as a Cognac but in 1936 Cognac was defined and it didn’t fit the bill. So it was then considered a brandy but again in 1987 brandy was defined and because Metaxa contains wine and botanicals that it couldn’t be a brandy. So it now in a class all of its own.
Currently it can be found in most liquor stores.
For part 3 Chris tells us all about the experimentals at the experimental distillery, how you can get them. Then we give our final review of 91 and 111 and where you can get them.
Who makes it? Tennessee Stillhouse, Chattanooga TN
First taste of the 91, Kris thoroughly enjoyed it as did Erik. It had a good nose with a smooth finish with lots of flavor. On the 111, it has little more bite that foretells of the flavor and let you know to chill out and take your time and enjoy this drink. Given the choice, Kris would go with the 91 where as Erik would pick the 111 which fell directly in line with what Chris Helmly said. On his travels it is pretty much split 50/50 and we just went and proved it
Kris gave the 91 an 8, 111 a 7.5 while Erik gave the 91 an 8 also but totally barstooled it and gave the 111 a 8.2
What do you get in the bottle: the mash bills are exactly the same 75% yellow corn, 25% of Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley, and Honey malted Barley
How much: It’ll cost you about $35 for the Chattanooga Whiskey 91 and $45 for the 111.
A little history. Before prohibition there used to be over 30 distilleries in Chattanooga, after prohibition the laws never changed in Chattanooga so Tim and Joe set their minds to changing that. Starting with a Facebook post saying “Would you drink Chattanooga Whiskey?” and an overwhelming YES came from the people. Well.. they did it. Changed the law and are now the first distiller in about 100 years. To get things rolling they get with LDI to get them started while creating their own masterpiece. Today they distill 100% of their own product and are blowing up the southeast.
Currently it can be found all over Tennessee, Georgia, and here in Florida at Total Wines and Iceball Liquor.
Check out Chattanooga Whiskey at: https://chattanoogawhiskey.com/ follow them on Instagram too! Make suer you tour their Experimental Distillery, definitely worth it!
In this video we finally get to taste Chattanooga Whiskey 111. Chris fills us in on the differences and tasting notes. Erik gets a full melt and Kris gets a lesson on talking to ice. Part 3 will come out next week when we do whiskey news on Chattanooga Whiskey.
Check out Chattanooga Whiskey at: https://chattanoogawhiskey.com/ follow them on Instagram too!