If you were around in 1870, you’d probably know that, more often than not, Tennessee whiskey was known as superior to bourbon. With bourbon's popularity today, that’s a lofty claim to make, but it’s something Andy and Charlie Nelson took to heart when they decided to revive their long-defunct family business in Nashville, Tennessee—Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery.
On a recent visit to Nashville, Charlie explained to me that while all bourbon is whiskey, not all bourbon is Tennessee whiskey. “The main difference between Tennessee whiskey and bourbon is that Tennessee whiskey is filtered through sugar maple charcoal,” he said. “It’s technically a cleaner, smoother, and mellower whiskey.” READ MORE