One of the things I love about whisky, or whiskey in this case, is the history and craftsmanship that is behind every bottle. With that in mind, our trip last year to Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, surely did not disappoint.
History: In the late 1800s Charles Nelson was one of the top three producing Tennessee Distillers. But after passing away in 1891, and statewide Prohibition in 1909, the doors to the distillery seemed to be closed for good. However, in 2006, brothers Andy and Charlie Nelson, great-great-grandsons of Charles, came across a bit of their families history and spent the next few years researching his legacy and began reforming the business 100 years after it’s doors were closed.
Clothed in my #Whiskyfabric T-Shirt we were more than happy to take the guided tour through the distillery. The guide was quite informative and gave us the detailed history all while we were surrounded by walls made of barrel staves and could smell the whiskey in the air. My favorite part of any distillery tour is the walk through the barrel house to see all the sleeping whiskey, and this tour delivered. They also had a good portion of Oloroso Sherry Casks on hand that they are using to mature their Belle Meade Sherry Cask release.
My most memorable part of the tour… while we were getting ready for our tasting, I was going a little crazy taking pictures (shocker). In an effort to not be rude I apologized to the tour guide. His response, “Man, you have a Glencairn Glass on your t-shirt, you can take as many pictures as you want.”. As the tasting continued, any question from the fellow tasters that had anything to do with Scotch or difference between whiskey and whisky, the tour guide invited me to help answer. Behold… the power of the #Whiskyfabic.
We had such a great time, and could clearly see the love they have for what they are doing. Such a great staff and team bringing back the history of a family soaked in whiskey. I look forward to returning to see how things have progressed over the last year or so.