The explosion of interest in handcrafted small collections of artisanal whiskey has sound roots, but one distillery has a claim in whiskey history that others can't touch. With origins in the quintessential American spirit, Belle Meade Bourbon and Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey are brands that not only date back to the pre-Prohibition era but also dominated the whiskey scene.
More than a century after Prohibition shut down the family-operated original works at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in 1909, brothers Charlie and Andy Nelson have revived these iconic brands begun by their great-great-great grandfather, distilling pioneer Charles Nelson.
The whiskey world will now be enriched by the presence of two of the newest “kids off the still,” released Oct. 2014: Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey and Belle Meade Bourbon Sherry Cask Finish.
The Nelson family’s recipe for its Tennessee Whiskey has been reborn, maintaining the high quality and mix of grains that replicate the ultimate flavor profile and characteristics of the original produced by Nelson's Green Brier Distillery in the late 1880s.
At its peak, Charles Nelson’s world-renowned operation was selling close to 380,000 gallons of whiskey annually, more than ten times the production capacity of other known brands.
Today, the Nelson brothers are bringing back their family’s recipe with Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey. It is charcoal mellowed and bottled straight from the still while separate barrels of the product age to perfection.
There is no duplication for the Belle Meade Bourbon Sherry Cask Finish. Like the Scots, who re-used Sherry casks for the maturation of their scotch, Andy and Charlie took to heart this recycling initiative, gathering some of the reserved stock of their nine-year-old Belle Meade Bourbon and aging it in Oloroso Sherry Casks imported from Spain. The resulting mature spirit is remarkably rich, with an amber hue, heavier in body, yet well balanced.
With spirits in their blood, Charlie and Andy Nelson have already impressed discriminating palates in the whiskey circles with their business acumen and the taste profile of their products. With just a few weeks to go until the official public opening of the revived Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee, the Nelsons have one thing in mind—to produce fine sipping spirits that will once again transform the way people enjoy a whiskey.
Just like great-great-great grandfather Charles Nelson did.