Something you do not see every day, a Tennessee Malt Whiskey! Malt whiskey distillation is increasing all the time in America, but ordinarily it takes the obvious example of Scotch Single Malt as its guide. Prichard’s, however, looks to Ireland for their guide, distilling according to “Irish traditions”. They take their cue from their founding father, Benjamin Prichard, who created classic Tennessee whiskeys in the early 1800’s in a distillery at Davidson County. This malt whiskey is aged and bottled on site, having been produced in a small batch fashion in copper pot stills. It is produced with water from the nearby Teahollow Springs, and aged in new American oak barrels with a heavy alligator char. Prichard’s takes a remarkably low cut, at about 50% ABV, as they believe this preserves flavour better when barrel aging.
The nose on this whiskey is rich with classic malt complexity: caramel sweetness, earthy malty, bright new oak and barrel char. The palate brings a thick mouthfeel, with toasted spices: nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice, which is soon joined by clear honey and vanilla custard. The finish is rounded and sweet, lingering for sometime with a hint of barrel char smoke. A wonderful American malt whiskey!
Not sure how to describe it but this is not good. Had to dump my glass out at a tasting. A shame, especially because it is not a cheap bottle. Surprised that Prichard’s puts this out.