Nelson's Green Brier Distillery Comes Full Circle On Its Tennessee Whiskey - The Whiskey Wash

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery Comes Full Circle On Its Tennessee Whiskey

By Nino Marchetti / October 23, 2019

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, located in Nashville, Tennessee, has been making a name for itself in recent years through some sourced American whiskey expressions. It has been hard at work as well on reviving its primary operation as a Tennessee whisky making distillery, and showcased some success to that fact back in 2017. Now the distillery team is going full time with their in-state product, created according to a 110 year old recipe of the current generation’s ancestor’s bottled whiskey.

The new Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey, according to those behind it, is said to honor the founding Nelson family “heritage with the rebirth of the original family recipe that swept markets across the world in the late 1800s.” It something current family members Andy and Charlie Nelson had as a pinnacle of evolution for Nelson’s, which is now owned primarily by Constellation Brands.

“We’ve had this recipe in our family for more than 100 years, so we were determined to adhere to its strictest specifications in re-creating the whiskey of our great-great-great grandfather,” said Andy Nelson, Chief Operating Officer for Nelson’s Green Brier, in a prepared statement. “Our commitment to detail and quality extends to the filigree of the hand-designed label, whose ivy-draped logo hails to the brand’s founding design.”

Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey

Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey (image via Nelson’s Green Brier)

“The heart and soul of our brand lies in Tennessee,” added Andy’s brother, Charlie Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, “which is why we are incredibly proud to be bringing back this historic label here in Nashville to our friends, family, and neighbors.”

The first run of this new whiskey released this month, having been aged between two and five years in 53 gallon, full sized barrels. It is bottled at 91 proof, sporting a sour mash of corn, wheat and barley. Initially only available in Tennessee for around $30 per 750 ml bottle, Very limited official tasting notes suggest it “has a nose of caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, chocolate, cinnamon, and nougat.”