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Tennessee Whiskey Trail shares state’s historic spirits


Groups can sip their way through Tennessee while embracing its Southern and Appalachian culture with the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. 

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee

Photo: Tennessee Whiskey Trail Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, Nashville, Tenn.

Founded last year by the Tennessee Distillers Guild, the Tennessee Whiskey Trail comprises 26 distilleries throughout the state.

“Most of the trail distilleries offer tours of their distillery, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes look at their spirit-making process, the story behind their distillery and the history of Tennessee whiskey as a whole,” said Mariko Hickerson, marketing manager for the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. “All 26 trail distilleries offer tastings as part of the distillery experience where visitors can sample everything from whiskey and moonshine to rum, vodka and gin. Cocktails are also available at many distilleries. Additionally, visitors can enjoy gift shops and cafes or restaurants at some distillery locations.”

The trail comes with a passport, and groups can pick up a printed copy at a participating distillery, or download the official Tennessee Whiskey Trail app to access the digital passport. Once groups have their passports, they can stamp them at each stop on the trail, and receive a completion souvenir when finishing the trail. 

Tasting at Leiper’s Fork Distillery in Franklin, Tennessee

Photo: Tennessee Whiskey Trail Tasting, Leiper’s Fork Distillery, Franklin, Tenn.

Some of the participating distilleries include: Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Leiper’s Fork Distillery, Old Forge Distillery, Ole Smoky Distillery, Sugarlands Distilling Co. and Nashville Craft Distillery.

“Most visitors — whether novices or connoisseurs — will leave trail distilleries with a greater understanding and appreciation for whiskey,” Hickerson said. “Because many of the distilleries are small operations, distillers themselves are often on-hand to provide tours. Many visitors also discover new flavors and favorites on the trail that stay with them for a lifetime.”

Reservations are requested for groups of six or more at most locations, and a 24-hour notice is preferred. All trail distilleries have motorcoach parking; however, some areas may be off-site or require a short walk to the distillery.

For more information, call 629-888-2951 or visit


About Author

Kelsey Smith, Associate Editor

The more wine columnist Kelsey Smith travels, the more tales she can’t wait to tell. She especially likes to discover how destinations and attractions can accommodate groups. To earn a star on her travel checklist, there better be parking for a motorcoach and dining, at least nearby. Watch for the debut of her blog, “Wine Wednesday.”

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