Review: Benjamin Prichard's Tennessee Whiskey

History

Originally from Davidson County Tennessee, Benjamin Prichard's Tennessee Whiskey is now distilled in Lincoln County using copper pot stills ‘in the style of the traditional Tennessee whiskey like our fifth generation grandfather Benjamin made way back in the early 1800′s.” Although now made in Lincoln County, this whiskey is exempt from charcoal mellowing otherwise required for other Tennessee whiskeys.

The Make

Benjamin Prichard’s is the only Tennessee whiskey that continues to be made in pot stills, not the typical column stills. They make four brands of whiskey, their Tennessee whiskey being the most popular. White corn instead of yellow is used for this whiskey, due to the higher sugar content of white corn. It’s aged 10 years and proofed to 80 proof before bottling.

The Nose

Present but not overpowering vanilla, notes of tart raspberry and apple, as well as mild peppery spice. Pleasant caramelly sweetness, and of course, oak.

The Palate

Smooth and sweet with a strong oak presence. Mild, coffee-like roasted notes, along with cocoa and dark cherry contribute to a pleasantly complex sweet backbone. Not particularly herbal or floral, Prichard's Tennessee Whiskey has a subtle taste of citrus with a peppery spice on the finish, which is brought out significantly by the addition of a couple of drops of water. If you decide to add water, don’t add too much as this whiskey comes in at only 80 proof! (One or two drops was sufficient for me.)

Impressions

For a whiskey that isn’t charcoal-mellowed, Prichard’s Tennessee Whiskey is deliciously mellow. Although lower in proof, this whiskey makes a great old-fashioned, as some of you experienced at our recent cocktail party. On the other hand, this is a great sipper, especially for those who enjoy complexity of flavor without a lot of heat. Throw it in a Glencairn glass or on the rocks and enjoy!

 

We tasted Benjamin Prichard’s Tennessee Whiskey at our monthly meeting in March. If you’d like to know more about being a part of our monthly meetings or how to become a member of the Seattle Whiskey Collective, visit our home page.