Will Lawmakers Change the Definition of Tennessee Whiskey?


iStock Editorial(FRANKFORT, Tenn.) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that would weaken the definition of Tennessee Whiskey.

Some of Jack Daniels’ competitors are pushing to change a law– that passed just a year ago– that defines Tennessee Whiskey as liquor made almost exactly according to the Jack Daniels’ method, using expensive new oak barrels.

The British conglomerate Diageo, which owns Jack Daniels’ competitor George Dickel, is pushing for the change, arguing they can afford new barrels, but smaller distilleries can’t.

Jack says it’s just an effort to water down the definition of Tennessee Whiskey.

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