Whiskey from a fledgling Tennessee distiller soon will be available in New York State.
Collier and McKeel, a Tennessee whiskey distilled in Nashville by a company founded in 2011, is expanding to as many as 12 states as part of an agreement with Virginia-based distributor The Vintner Group, according to a news release today (May 31).
“This whiskey will only get better with age, and we’re proud to be sharing it with our customers in several states,” Clay Farmer, director of marketing for The Vintner Group, said in an announcement.
Collier and McKeel will be sold in stores and restaurants in Washington, DC, Delaware, Maryland and Florida immediately. In a few months, it will expand to retailers and specialty bars in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois and Indiana.
The whiskey is made from a sour mash of corn, rye and malted barley plus limestone-filtered water. It is filtered via something called the Lincoln County Process through maple charcoal to give it the genre’s distinctive smoky flavor that differentiates it from bourbon. It then is aged in small barrels, which means more of the whiskey is touched by the wood during maturation.
As a neat little touch, the master distiller puts his fingerprint — his actual fingerprint, not a stamp or printed version or someone else’s print — on every bottle produced.