Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    Bourbonian of the Year 2009 and Virtuoso
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Houston, Tx
    Posts
    1,797

    Tennessee Walker

    I am resurrecting an old topic we discuused many moons ago regarding early Tennesse whiskys. A fellow SB member offered up a bottle of Tennesee Walker for the Gazebo activities in Houston this week. In previous discussions regarding this brand, it was thought to be a blended whisky from Dickel. I also recall the brand didn't last long because of trademark/copyright et al issues.

    But this one is different. This one is wrapped in a tissue/box and the label says "Tennessee Walking Horse 'reg brand' Sour Mash Whisky"......"Mellowed through a 10 foot depth of sugar-maple charcoal at the time of distillation". It comes in a fancy bottle with a horseshoe/horse/four leaf clover molded into the back of it. A small label says "Xported From Tennessee".....the E is missing. It's a 4/5ths quart at 86.8 proof. Bottle appears to be stamped "69". Apparently not a blend.

    The label also says "Bottled By Tennessee Walker Distillery Company, Turkey Creek Road, Moore County, Tenn." Right under that in small print is "No Connection With Any Other Distilling Company Of Similar Name".

    There is a Turkey Creek Road in Moore County, Tenn. It sits approximately half way between Jack and Dickel. So I question the source of the whisky....is it from Dickel whisky or is it a Schenley brand sourced from some other distillery?

    Randy
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Guru
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Napoleon, MI
    Posts
    7,397

    Re: Tennessee Walker

    Nice bottle Randy, so have you tasted any of it?
    What would you say it is similar to?
    How many TN whiskies were there?
    ovh

  3. #3
    Bourbonian of the Year 2009 and Virtuoso
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Houston, Tx
    Posts
    1,797

    Re: Tennessee Walker

    We'll open it this week in Houston. I know Gary Gilman knows a little about this brand and may have some insight as to what it is.

  4. #4
    Bourbonian of the Year 2011
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    9,043

    Re: Tennessee Walker

    Very interesting, Randy, it wasn't I who commented on the possible source though. I think I may have made a comment about Tennessee walking horses, the distinctive gait they use. This looks not to be a blend, I'd agree..

    Gary

  5. #5
    Guru
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Metro Detroit
    Posts
    5,119

    Re: Tennessee Walker

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    Very interesting, Randy, it wasn't I who commented on the possible source though. I think I may have made a comment about Tennessee walking horses, the distinctive gait they use. This looks not to be a blend, I'd agree..

    Gary
    There's a thread on BE regarding the brand on which Mssrs Gillman and Veech (among others) discussed the brand. All of it seems to be about the blend though.
    bibamus, moriendum est
    Sipology Blog

  6. #6
    Bourbonian of the Year 2011
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    9,043

    Re: Tennessee Walker

    I took a quick look at the other board, and see mention of a Tennessee Walker blended whiskey in one of Mike Veach's timelines (this for Schenley of course). I only have a brief note in that thread and it's not about the whiskey, but maybe I did comment somewhere on it. Anyway I think Randy is right though, the term sour mash and absence of the term blended from the labels would seem to suggest it is a straight whiskey. Maybe if it was exported though it didn't have to state it was blended and the percentage of straight whiskey in it. Certainly an interesting looking bottle...

    Gary

  7. #7
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    927

    Re: Tennessee Walker

    I am a big fan of george dickel. I grew up in alabama, my family farmed, and hauled horses for a horse breeder, who had us make regular trips to Lewisburg, I think, to get tennesee walking horses. I remember my father having some of this. If I had to bet is it from george dickel. I guess something different they tried to market. I think I read on here somewhere that pride of tennesee was a start up dickel product too. Seems like I have seen a blended verson as well.

  8. #8
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Louisville, Ky.
    Posts
    718

    Re: Tennessee Walker

    In my last trip into the archive, I did find label files for both a blend and a straight version of Tennessee Walker. I suspect the straight version was some of the whisky made to test the process, maybe even done in Frankfort. I do know the brand was dropped for two reasons: Johnny Walker was contesting the trademark and Dickel came on line.

    Mike Veach

  9. #9
    Guru
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Metro Detroit
    Posts
    5,119

    Re: Tennessee Walker

    Quote Originally Posted by bourbonv View Post
    In my last trip into the archive, I did find label files for both a blend and a straight version of Tennessee Walker. I suspect the straight version was some of the whisky made to test the process, maybe even done in Frankfort. I do know the brand was dropped for two reasons: Johnny Walker was contesting the trademark and Dickel came on line.

    Mike Veach
    So...Dickel and Johnny Walker had different owners then?
    bibamus, moriendum est
    Sipology Blog

  10. #10
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Western NY
    Posts
    839

    Re: Tennessee Walker

    Quote Originally Posted by tmckenzie View Post
    If I had to bet is it from george dickel. I guess something different they tried to market.
    TW is mentioned in this BE GD History thread.

    (Pride of Tennessee is also mentioned - with
    photos - a few posts later.)

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Johnnie Walker Black vs Dewar's 12 yr.
    By thanis in forum Foreign Whiskey
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 09-29-2010, 15:26
  2. Looking for Walker Deluxe
    By Miz Scotch in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-20-2007, 11:01
  3. Johnny Walker Red Buying Tip
    By greenbob in forum Foreign Whiskey
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-02-2004, 22:20
  4. Walker Percy on Bourbon
    By Barrel_Proof in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-07-2003, 16:47

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top