Clayton James Tennessee Whiskey
Clayton James // Tennessee, USA
Distilled and bottled at Tenn South Distillery, this craft Tennessee whiskey's mash bill uses locally grown white corn, wheat, and malted barley, then uses pot-stills rather than a column and a doubler or thumper as is common in American whiskey production. Being a Tennessee whiskey, law prescribes that their whisky go through the "Lynchburg" process of filtering through sugar maple charcoal that makes Tennessee whiskey, Tennessee whiskey. Tenn South does things slightly different here as well; in short, rather than dripping their spirits through a bed of maple charcoal, they essentially hold their new-make spirit in sugar maple charcoal for about a week under pressure.
TennesseeProduced in Tennessee; mash grain at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels; filtered through maple charcoal prior to aging.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"A surprising bouquet of apples and pears greets the nose, along with caramel, apricot, and most surprisingly agave. The taste is rich, with maple syrup, vanilla, spice, and that curious mezcal-esque agave again. Water brings out the whiskey's floral notes as well as accentuating caramel, smoke, charcoal, and even rosewater. A truly unique and surprising Tennessee offering unlike anything else being done in the state. "