Tennessee distillers come together to unveil a 25-stop whiskey tour across the state
The Tennessee Distillers Guild, a membership organization consisting of 25 Tennessee distilleries, announced the official launch of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. “The Tennessee Whiskey Trail is a joint effort by all of our Guild members to feature Tennessee whiskey and moonshine, as well as the craftsmen and women that make them,” said Kris Tatum, president of the Tennessee Distillers Guild. “On the trail, visitors can learn about the art of distilling and about the history and the culture of whiskey-making that is legendary in our state.” The Tennessee Whiskey Trail consists of 25 distilleries ranging from boutiquesized distilleries to large internationally-recognized operations that span from East to West Tennessee. Along the trail, visitors can get a taste of the history, tradition and novelty of Tennessee whiskey, as well as experience the rich landscapes, must see landmarks and genuine Southern hospitality that embody the great state of Tennessee. “This trail puts an international spotlight on Tennessee and its whiskey culture,” said Tatum. “We hope to see people come from all over the world just to get a taste of this once-in-a-lifetime Tennessee whiskey experience.” To embark on the trail, visitors can get their free passport booklet on tnwhiskeytrail.com or pick them up at select distillery locations and collect stamps at each distillery en-route. Those who collect all 25 stamps receive a commemorative gift to mark their achievement. The trail can be completed distillery-by-distillery or in a region at a time. Serious whiskey enthusiasts who hope to complete the entire trail in a single trip can find a 10-day itinerary on tnwhiskeytrail.com. To get your free passport booklet or to plan your trip, visit www.tnwhiskeytrail.com. Tennessee’s tourism industry generates $18.4 billion in economic impact, more than $1.6 billion in state and local sales tax revenue and more than 157,400 tourism-related jobs.