BOOZE: BENJAMIN PRICHARD'S SINGLE MALT WHISKEY

So I was at the liquor the other day looking for something interesting in the whiskey category (this describes more evenings than I care to admit) and I came across three bottles that I had never seen before. All were from Benjamin Prichard’s out of Tennessee. Now I was under the impression that Jack Daniels and George Dicklel were pretty much the only Tenessee whiskies out there. It turns out that Benjamin Prichards, is like all Tennessee distilleries, a birthright distillery. The history goes that during prohibition the distillery was closed and it wasn’t picked back up until 1997 and they didn’t really have enough cash to do much until 2000 and then they started producing rum of all things. Rum in Tennessee? That’s almost sacrilege in my opinion. I hear it is good rum but likely won’t even know since I don’t really do rum. So long story short they eventually started cranking out whiskey. Their secret lies in a higher than usual sugar content and their use of continued use of pot stills along and using a much smaller portion of the distillate to make the whiskey. I won’t bother going in to why any of those things change the whiskey, trust me they do, because I want to talk about this “single malt”.

Benjamin Prichard’s Single Malt Whiskey is not just a fancy name for some boutique whiskey. It is distilled from malted barley with a very low percentage of rye whereas Tennessee Whiskey is usually white corn and rye. It is then barreled in 15 gallon oak barrels and bottled at 80 proof. Their use of pure copper pot stills means they distill the whiskey in the same manner as traditional Irish whiskey. All of this adds up to a unique flavor in this glorious golden liquid. The first thing that hits you out of the gate is the oak. That flavor is undeniable and its presence in this whiskey is amazing. While it starts with oak it follows up with hints of vanilla and caramel as well as some spice I can’t quite identify. It doesn’t quite taste like an Irish and it doesn’t taste like Tennessee whiskey but is rather in a class all of its own. While it won’t replace Jameson as my house whiskey it has more than earned a place on my whiskey shelf.

As for the compilation to go with this one, well, I started out with some Slobberbone because it thought it would be cute to use Billy Prichard and review Benjamin Prichard’s whiskey but I have been in a kind of a dark place as of late and the songs took a turn I wasn’t planning. In the end I like the soundtrack for this one but don’t take with too much whiskey, alone, in the dark.


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  1. Thanks for the review. I’m from south of Nashville and I’ve never heard of Prichard’s (they are practically spitting distance to Lynchburg…who knew?). I just checked out their website to see what they have. Looks like they make a traditional Tennessee whiskey, too. I’m curious how the single malt tastes, I may try a bottle. They seem to also be on the bandwagon of making moonshine (i.e. white whiskey).

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