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Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Time to raise your fist to to whiskey and rock! We become bad-ass whiskey soaked scoundrels as we opened this New York based bourbon coming in at 80 proof, aged 3 years with just a whisper of appley smoked wheat goodness. Before the review I was able to have a quick jaw session with CEO, founder and rocker Tommy Brunett as well as giving a what’s up to Drew Wescott Iron Smoke’s master distiller. They are one of those hard working, everything done on site from smoking the wheat with apple wood to crushing the grains in their own hammer mill and distilling their own spirits. All this takes place right outside of Rochester NY in Fairport along side the Erie Canal in a building that was know as the American Can Factory that dates back to the Civil War. Not only is it a distillery where they store apple smoked juice in 30 gallon barrels to speed up the aging process they also have a 4,000 square foot tasting room, event space and stage where you’ll see Tommy and his band belt out some killer whiskey drinking music. Punch my ticket, I’m heading to NY!

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

Review #0013 Chattanooga Whiskey 1816 and 91 Single Barrel

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.  

Chattanooga Whiskey, Whiskey to the People

For the news this month we figure that we’d give you the low down on Chatt Whiskey. First off, they are the first distillery in Chattanooga in over 100 years!  So what we are dealing with here is Tennessee High Malt, 75% yellow corn, the rest is Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley, and Honey Malted Barley then aged for 2 years.  Same mash bill for the 91 and 111, single fermentation with 4 barrels at #3 char and toast and 4 barrels with a #4 char and then mix them together.  The big difference, is that the 91 goes into a 4000 gallon solera barrel that has a #1 char to it.  They are a whiskey from Tennessee but not a “Tennessee Whiskey”  the difference is no charcoal filtering.

Plus they have an experimental distillery(the only one in the states to our knowledge) where other distilleries play with 20-30 malts or barleys a year, not Chattanooga.  They play with over 100!  With this experimental distillery they can try things out and make small runs and see how they turn out.  For instance they came out with a maple bourbon and a mead flavored bourbon(no, we didn’t get to try those).  The drawback, these can only be found at their distillery.  If you make drive, take their distillery tour.  I did and it was awesome!  Lots of great information, see their aging cellar and at the end enjoy a flight of what they got and maybe a bourbon forward drink to.  Thanks again to Chris Helmly the Florida State Sales Manager from Chatt Whiskey for taking the time to talk whiskey!  Check out all three videos below.

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