Chattanooga Whiskey Reserve

November 24, 2016 by Manny Hendra

The Chattanooga Whiskey Company is a producer of whiskey.  Its 1816 brand of whiskey is being manufactured at MGP/LDI of Indiana. However, the company began production of their own whiskey in March, 2015 and was the first legal distillery in Chattanooga, Tennessee since Prohibition.

In the late 1800s, Chattanooga, Tennessee had more than 30 distilleries and was the largest distilling center in the state. Then came Prohibition, and it was all shut down. It stayed that way until nearly 100 years later, when Joe Ledbetter and Tim Piersant founded the Chattanooga Whiskey Company. In 2009, the Tennessee Legislature voted to change distillation laws in certain counties, but Hamilton County was not one of them. Ledbetter and Piersant used social media to kick-off the campaign with the question on Facebook, “Would you drink Chattanooga Whiskey?”. The men kept the topic in the public forum, hosting several events to encourage residents to “Vote Whiskey”. In November 2012, supporters went before the Hamilton County Commission. In the end, the Commission approved a plan to send the measure to Nashville where lawmakers could vote on the future of distilling in Hamilton County. Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill into law in the Spring of 2013.


6 1/2 Years


A spice and herbal aroma with distinct rye character and nuances or strong aged wood.


Distinct rye spiciness with vanilla undertones o strong aged wood.


Warm, lingering spice and oak.

Rating: ★★★★★★★ 7/10

★: Drink out of a paper bag in a gutter during a storm.
★★: Terrible, only drink for a dare.
★★★: Meh, not undrinkable but best left alone.
★★★★: Best served mixed with something with flavor.
★★★★★: Reasonable, middle of the road.
★★★★★★: Tasty stuff, well worth seeking out.
★★★★★★★: Impressive, something you can proudly share.
★★★★★★★★: Fantastic addition to any bar or collection.
★★★★★★★★★: Incredible, booze doesn’t get better than this.
★★★★★★★★★★: Nectar of the God’s, sell the house and move in next to the Distillery



POST BY Manny Hendra
Worked all sorts of roles in the industry, from bartender to Multi site Operations . Fan of anything with Lime, Sugar and Booze.
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