Peter Cottontail hopped down the Bunny Trail and many states have Wine Trails including Massachusetts and Maine but I haven’t heard of too many that have Whiskey Trails. Leave it to Tennessee for that.
W.C. Fields advised people to “Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite… and furthermore always carry a small snake.”
Tennessee makes some of the smoothest, finest “sipping ” whiskey. Two of the most well know and established distilleries are the George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma and none other than Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg. I’ve never tried George Dickel Whiskey but Jack Daniels is “mighty fine”, sweet and smooth.
I don’t know if I’ll get that far from Gatlinburg but I won’t have to skip the whiskey sipping unless I want to. There’s a new stop on the parkway called Gatlinburg Barrelhouse. Here’s just one of the reviews from trip advisor:
We visit Gatlinburg at least once a year, but were pleasantly surprised to find the Gatlinburg Barrelhouse on the Parkway. After waiting in line for a tasting of moonshine that you can find in just about any Tennessee liquor store, we were happy to find the Barrelhouse and especially Davy Crockett’s whiskey. They offer quality whiskey in a variety of great flavors, and this is the ONLY location you can find them. (Personally, we think the chocolate and southern pecan varieties are fabulous.) I’m sure it’s soon-to-be just as busy as the moonshine distillery, but in the meantime it’s fun not to have to fight a crowd. The people are nice and we enjoyed the live music. We’ll definitely be back!
I’ve never been to a whiskey tasting. I’ve done several wine tastings. Depending on how many wines you try it is possible to get a bit tipsy. I had read that you swish the wine in your mouth and then spit it out. I’ve never seen that done. In fact at the last tasting I went to I asked. The response was that spitting it out was a waste of good wine.
I would imagine that one would need to take it easy on the whiskey.