The Cartel Hour
The Cartel Hour
May 27, 2020
Cartel Hour by Cask Cartel 17: Tennessee Whiskey with Jonathan Roth
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What do you think of when you think of Tennessee? Barbeque? Country Music? That bright orange and white colors of the state football team? Kentucky gets a lot of attention when it comes to whiskey, but it’s neighbor state to the south has a term all to its own: “Charcoal Mellowed”.


That is a specific designation unique to the state, governed by the Lincoln County Process and laws protecting what can and can’t be called Tennessee Whiskey. We are talking today about that process as well as the unique state distribution laws with spirits veteran Jonathan Roth. He joined us for a video portion of the podcast to talk Tennessee, and taste through one of the three Chattanooga whiskey bottles sent to us. 


Then, Seth and I hop off the call to taste the rest of the Chattanooga lineup, as well as two single barrel selects from possibly the most famous Tennessee distillery, Jack Daniel’s. Finally, we knocked on heaven’s door and Bob Dylan answered...with his 10 year old Tennessee bourbon, a notorious bottle that is trading at a serious multiple of its original price.


We’re here to learn a little bit, and drink a little bit, so grab a glass and let’s enjoy.


Click on any of the following links to purchase the spirits. Here is a full list of what we drank:


Chattanooga Whiskey 91


Chattanooga Whiskey Cask 111


Chattanooga Whiskey Tennessee Double Malt Bach 09


Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof


Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select (K&L Wines)


Heaven's Door 10 Year Tennessee Straight Bourbon


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And speaking of those live tastings, for those living in or visiting the Los Angeles area that truly are intrigued, if you’re interested in drinking along with us, we would love to have you to come enjoy an evening at the Infusery to drink through a carefully selected assortment of spirits. We offer custom flights and have a robust library of over 700+ spirits to choose from. And you get to drink with Seth and I, pick our brains, learn a ton, and generally have a blast. Visit for more information.


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Thank you everyone for listening and remember to drink responsibly, and in good company.

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