Former NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning Sets Off To Make An Incredible Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey

I’ve got to say it was quite a pleasant surprise when the sample of Sweetens Cove Bath 2 Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey arrived on my doorstep the other day. This ultra-premium Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey is something special. Anyone who tries a dram of it will be able to tell that right off the bat, but as with any great whiskey, the story behind it is as essential to the foundation and understanding of how we get this beautiful spirit. 

Sweetens Cove Golf Club
Sweetens Cove Golf Course

The tale of Sweetens Cove begins with the purchasing of a 9-hole golf course in 2019 at the end of a gravel road in the Sequatchie Valley in Chattanooga, TN. The golf course, which was known for its stunning beauty and lack of amenities, soon took off and became a must-play course within the golf community. The course never had a clubhouse or plumbing; instead, they settled on a prebuilt shack, where golfers could play a round for $25. Now, you may be asking yourself, why is this important? One of the unique customs at Sweetens Cove is that all first-timers are to take a whiskey shot before the start of the round. After some time, the ownership which included the likes of, NFL phenom and all-star quarterback Peyton Manning, Tennis great Andy Roddick, and announcer Jim Nantz, posed the question, why don’t we explore having our own whiskey for people to have, and so, Sweetens Cove Tennessee Whiskey was born.

Sweetens Cove Shot Glasses

The ownership found Marianne Eaves, the first female master distiller since prohibition, who has been in the industry for over ten years. Marianne has been a transformative figure in the whiskey world, not only through her palate and nose, as being hailed as one of the best in the industry. She is also a leader in opening the doors for young females everywhere to get involved in the whiskey community. With Marianne at the helm of this operation, Sweetens Cove was ready to take off. 

Peyton and Eli Manning at Sweetens Cove Golf Club

Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey is comprised of over 100 barrels of 13-year-old Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey. The barrels were found in a warehouse in Kentucky and were shipped back to their birth state of Tennessee to begin the blending process. After Spending several days taking notes and charting all of the barrels, Marianne started to the blending process. Marianne created five distinct batches of Sweetens Cove. 

We sampled Batch Two. The nose was delightful with notes of peanut butter, oak, nerd candy, and sweet green apples that lead into an outstanding palate structure indicative of Tennesse Bourbon Whiskey. The palate contains soft notes of oak and fresh apples, with a light mouthfeel that does not overbear the palate. The finish is slightly spicy with subtle hints of smoke and spearmint that allow for a refreshing smoothness, leaving you craving more. 

Sweetens Cove Tennessee Whiskey is a limited bottle release with only 14,000 bottles total. This ultra-premium whiskey will be one that any collector or high-end whiskey bar will want to get their hands on. The bottles will be for sale on May 26th for Tennessee residents for $200, with future bottles headed into Georgia and other markets in June. As for the future, Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey has plans for single barrel expressions with 4 out of the 100 barrels being held aside for releases in late 2020.

Sweetens Cove Tennessee Whiskey
Sweetens Cove Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey Batch 2 Notes

84% Corn, 8% Rye, 8% Malt

Barrel Entry: 115

Proof: 104.32

Fill Date: 6/1/2006

Nose: Peanut Butter, Oak, Nerd Candy, Green Apples

Palate: soft notes of oak, fresh ripe apples, with a light mouthfeel

Finish: Light Smoke, refreshing spearmint, pleasant spice

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