Chattanooga Whiskey is made in–you guessed it–Chattanooga, Tennessee. What you most likely wouldn’t guess, though, is that they were the first distillery to open their doors in Chattanooga in over a century. A hundred bloody years! These guys launched a “Vote Whiskey” campaign to pass legislation allowing distilling in more counties of Tennessee, and the community feedback was resounding. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is and getting it done!
Inspired by our city’s rich distilling history, Chattanooga Whiskey was founded in 2011 with a mission to bring back “Whiskey to the People.” Following the success of our community-powered Vote Whiskey campaign, we eventually became the first distillery in Chattanooga in over a century. In 2015, we began the patient process of crafting our malt-forward style of straight bourbon whiskey we call Tennessee High Malt. After 8 years in the making, our Tennessee High Malt was released in August 2019, marking a new era in our company history with a whiskey that celebrates the future as much as the history that got us here today.
Naturally Chattanooga Whiskey didn’t launch on day one with a pile of whiskey to sell, so they did the obvious (and usually wise) thing in sourcing some whiskey to create a product to generate revenue while their own distillate was aging. In August 2017 they launched the first of their own products, and two short years later they released what I’ll be reviewing today: Chattanooga 111, a cask strength unfiltered high malt bourbon. Let’s dig in!