Until now, most of the new, licensed stills have concentrated on such products as moonshine, gin, rum and other mass-market liquors - some of them flavored to vie for younger taste buds.
Tennessee whiskey, though, is more of a craft; it takes a long time to age, and it requires lots of patience on the part of those who cook it up and finance its worldwide distribution. Competing with the big boys of the high-octane sport - the Jack Daniel's and George Dickel brands - is expensive.
But now two distilleries planned for Giles County will be dedicated to producing the same kind of Tennessee sippin' whiskey made famous by Jack Daniel in Lynchburg and a smaller operation, George Dickel, near Tullahoma.
One of those, Tenn South Distillery on a 28-acre plot near Lynnville, will be a smaller, boutique-style company with limited production runs. It will fire up operations in December.
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