Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Whiskey-making Cronies

So guess whose behind the new Tennessee law defining Tennessee Whiskey? Jack Daniels.  And guess which brand, as it turns out, is the only true Tennessee Whiskey according to this law? Yep, Jack Daniels.  Great example of a big-company throwing its weight around with help from corrupt state politicians to keep out new competition and to harm current  enterprises.  From an article at Hit and Run blog:
Tennessee whiskey maker Jack Daniel's is an unsurprisingly big fan of a local law that basically defines whiskey by standards set by Jack Daniel's. Under current Tennessee law, only locally-made spirits fermented from mash of at least 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal, and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof can legally be labeled "Tennessee whiskey." Not coincidentally, that's "almost to the letter the process used to make Jack Daniel's," The Associated Press reports. 

This narrow definition of Tennessee whiskey is harming craft distilleries, claim opponents, who are pushing a new bill that would loosen the state's whiskey definition.
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