Tennessee is not just the land of exquisite nature, Dolly Parton, or Elvis Presley; it is also the land of the most delectable whiskey. If you haven’t explored this magnificent state’s whiskey trail yet, you are missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.
Criss-crossing more than eight hundred miles, comprising beyond thirty stops on the trails, it is a landscape and a whiskey adventure that will leave you spellbound. And we kid you not; this isn’t any ordinary tasting tour you can wrap up in a day.
If you truly want to experience all the delights of this incredible whiskey-tasting tour, you ought to come with two-three weeks to spare. This quick guide will take you through the whiskey trail from Nashville to Memphis.
Ready for a joy ride? Well, hop on and keep reading below!
1. Starting with the Nashville Area
We all love Nashville as the hub of lively music. Your whiskey trail tour begins by checking into a hotel and getting into the mood for rounds of hot chicken and Nashville-style BBQ treats. While you’re here, you might as well visit the Grand Ole Opry of the upbeat live music venues in town.
And when you have had your fill of the hot chicken, there’s no better way to digest it than the Tennessee legend or the Nelson Green Brier Distillery. If traveling isn’t a problem, try heading towards the south, where the Big Machine Distillery and Tavern is.
While here, you can treat your taste buds to moonshines and flavored whiskeys. They say the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery is a reinstated distillery from the pre-prohibition era.
A tour of this distillery will tell you fascinating tales of the family who owned it first and the journey of its resurrection. Besides this, you might make the most of your time in Nashville by checking out each distillery it offers.
You could start with northwest right over to Clarksville, where the Old Glory Distilling Co. is located. Then just when you’re heading to a restaurant in the vicinity for dinner, make a quick stop at Nashville Barrell Co., the newest whiskey baby in town.
Ole Smoky Distillery, another new venture, is also worth visiting.
2. Knoxville Area is the Next Distillery Hotspot
Now that you have gorged on the best whiskeys Nashville offers, it’s time to head over to the next stop on the Whiskey trail. You can now bid goodbye to the Williamson County region and hit the backroad highways of Tennessee.
En route to the next big distillery destination, you will come upon Short Mountain Distillery, typically a small batch. But do not let the humble size of this region fool you into believing it will offer mediocre whiskey at most.
Whiskey lovers hold this place in high reverence for the organic Tennessee whiskey it offers. Truly outstanding, you can leisurely sample the organic variety, along with Tennessee Moonshine and some lip-smacking lunch.
Other treats to feast upon are fried chicken, beef burgers mash-fed to perfection, and moonshine brownies. If this doesn’t tick all the right boxes on your list, we don’t know what else will.
Next in line is the east side of Knoxville, the third largest city behind Memphis and Nashville. But before you drive to this fancy town, we recommend a quick stopover in Petros, a tiny town. Here, you will find one of the most charming Brushy Mountain Distillery.
Perhaps it wouldn’t be so wrong to say that part of the appeal of this distillery is its unusual location. You will find it on the ground of the security prisons, the most infamous ones of Knoxville. Visitors ought not to worry; there aren’t any felons waiting for you, but you can certainly count on whiskey barrels to tantalize your taste buds.
The Brushy Mountain Distillery is known for serving the most authentic white whiskey in Tennessee, with its other craft spirits. There’s plenty of southern hospitality to enjoy here, too, but before you enlist that in your itinerary, take note of Knox Whiskey Works too.
There is an incredible tasting room right by where all the action takes place in downtown Knoxville. They serve four samples here for the tasting, but you can trust the local spirits or their heirloom corn whiskey to blow your senses away.
Do not miss exploring the PostModern Distilling when traveling through this tour region. You will not be disappointed with the stop here, for this new distillery, resting in the Jackson Terminal, is quite a game changer.
It specializes in spirits crafted exclusively for modern consumers. Even their tasting room is a work of art, where you can experience firsthand how whiskey manufacturing facilities are operated.
To check out the best distilleries in Sevierville, you can hit the Thunder Road that will lead you to the Old Tennessee Distilling Co. This is a worthwhile distillery, paying homage to its historic route with its whiskey runner spirit, crafted to honor its namesake.
Moreover, Serville is home to the Tennessee Legend Distillery, which serves some of the most incredible spirits you’ve ever tasted. Their crafts are flavorful and smooth, epitomizing their wonderful mountains’ distinct flavors.
If whiskey delights you like no other, then you can’t miss the opportunity to explore one of the world’s finest whiskey trails. This state is home to local and large-scale distilleries that serve authentic Tennessee flavors in their crafts that draw visitors worldwide.
From Nashville, all through Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Chattanooga, to Memphis, make time to explore the blue-filled streets of the whiskey trail. It has plenty of other attractions to make a complete vacation, including museums, attractions, breweries, music venues, and some of the best restaurants.
Where to Stay
When setting out on an adventure like the Tennessee whiskey trail, settling for a mountain retreat that shares your passion only feels right. Rosedale is the most popular choice for visitors to experience the best of Tennessee.
We offer ATV-related facilities for riders to avail the opportunity of exploring the untamed wilderness. We also promise to make you feel utterly comfortable throughout your stay. Rosedale is your trustworthy retreat for a perfect Tennessee holiday.