Collier and Mckeel Tennessee Whiskey
Collier and McKeel is made about a mile from the Tennessee State Capitol in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The building was built in the late 1800's and was the production facility for an early automobile, the Marathon. Its massive timbers and brick construction are beautiful and make whiskey production a joy. Their 570-gallon copper pot still, nicknamed “Pappy,” was made by Vendome Copper and Brass of Louisville, Kentucky, a company that makes stills for the biggest names in whiskey.
Collier and Mckeel distillery first brings limestone filtered water from the Big Richland Creek and use it to make a mash of corn, rye and malted barley. Then they distill it in their hand-hammered copper pot still. At this point, it changes from plain whiskey to Tennessee Whiskey when they drip it through several feet of sugar maple charcoal, made from trees cut by local sawmills and burned. This gives Collier and McKeel the smooth, sweet, smoky taste that Tennessee Whiskey is known for. Only true Tennessee Whiskey is put through this extra step. The distillery ages Collier and McKeel in oak barrels to add intense flavours. And unlike some whiskies that have an artificial time table for the proper time in a barrel, Collier and Mckeel distillery determines when it's time to bottle the old fashioned way – when it tastes right.
Collier & McKeel Tennessee Whiskey has an aroma of smoke and charcoal along with hints of sweet corn. The initial flavour is sweet and smoky, with faint notes of a spicy earthiness. The finish is smooth, with flavours of vanilla, honey and oak that provide for a touch of sweetness.
Volume: 750ml ABV: 43%
Country: Tennessee, USA