Tennesse-based Chattanooga Whiskey has, over the last few years, been known mostly for its 1816 bottlings. Problem was, those weren’t actually being distilled at their distillery; instead, they had their own style distilled on site and aging in barrel that wasn’t quire ready for bottling until recently. The first regular offerings of this are now coming to market, coming together under something they call Tennessee High Malt.
The new Chattanooga Whiskey 91 and Chattanooga Whiskey CASK 111, according to those behind them, are essentially Tennessee straight bourbon whiskies with a high malt mash bill. It is actually a four-grain mash bill, consisting of yellow corn, malted rye, caramel malted barley and honey malted barley. The distillery actually has a pretty involved process in putting these whiskeys together that goes something like this, based upon information from them:
Made with 4 grains, including 3 select specialty malts, the extended 7-day fermentations highlight the rich, complex high-malt character, while providing nuanced, fruity complexity. Aged in two different charred and toasted white oak barrels, this combination delivers a balanced, confection-rich barrel character, and harmonizes with the malty-rich spirit. After aging more than 2 years, Chattanooga Whiskey 91 utilizes our version of the Solera finishing process – bringing together nearly 100 barrels into a 4000-gallon, charred, white oak Solera finishing barrel, which never goes empty.
“Crafted using a 4 grain mash bill, including three specialty malts; rye malt, caramel malt and honey malt, gives Chattanooga Whiskey 91 a distinctly malt-forward flavor profile,” said Chattanooga Whiskey Head Distiller Grant McCracken in a prepared statement.”Each step of the process has been crafted to highlight the complexity of these ingredients.”
Chattanooga Whiskey (image via Chattanooga Whiskey)
Two variants of this whiskey are being released as previously mentioned – Chattanooga Whiskey 91, bottled at 91 proof, and Chattanooga Whiskey CASK 111, the unfiltered, barrel strength expression that’s bottled at 111 proof. The former has a taste profile of dried apricot, sweet tea, and honeyed toast, with a lingering, malty-sweet finish, while the latter is said to be “full bodied with a taste profile of chocolate covered cherry, toasted coconut, and cinnamon with a warming, malty finish.”
“The release of Chattanooga Whiskey 91 and Chattanooga Whiskey CASK 111–100% made in Chattanooga—is the culmination of all our efforts,” added Tim Piersant, Chattanooga Whiskey CEO and Founder. “It fulfills our commitment to crafting the best sipping whiskey from Tennessee.”
As it stands now plans call for the two whiskeys to price at around $35 per 750 ml bottle for the 91 proof bottling and around $45 per 750 ml bottle for the 111 proof.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...