Corsair Artisan Distillery
A change in the law has led to the rapid rise in micro-distilleries in Tennessee. Corsair Artisan Distillery is one such operation which has “reclaimed” its whiskey-making heritage. However, the firm and other artisan whiskey manufacturers are still waiting for one last piece of permitting so it can hold tours and tastings and sell bottles of its bourbon on site. Darek Bell, owner and distiller at Corsair, says that he believes there is a growing movement across the US to create quality artisan whiskey. He is quoted as saying:
“Being in Tennessee gives you instant cachet. When people think of Kentucky and Tennessee, they immediately think of quality whiskey.”
Bell said that the firm currently has operations in 11 states and hopes to expand into six more states this year. Then they hope to open distilleries to meet the growing demand in Canadian markets. Corsair’s flagship distillery opened in May last year and produces a line of whiskey products already in distribution, including the award-winning Triple Smoke Whiskey, Pumpkin Spice Moonshine, Rasputin Whiskey and Rye Whiskey.
As far as we’re concerned, the world can never have enough whiskey makers.