Old Dominick Distillery
MEMPHIS, Tenn - Old Dominick Distillery Master Distiller Alex Castle is proud to announce the historic launch of Straight Tennessee Whiskey, the first distilled, barreled, matured, and bottled whiskey in Memphis since Prohibition. The November 1st release is the first in a series of new offerings, including an 85-proof and Bottled-In-Bond rendition. Additionally, as the first woman Master Distiller in Tennessee, the release marks a career first for Castle in the aged whiskey category.
Whiskey enthusiasts will have a chance to meet Castle during a special bottle signing at anearly, limited release of Straight Tennessee Whiskey on Saturday, October 29, from 12 to 3p.m. at the Distillery. Attendees can purchase one bottle of each whiskey at the event.
“It’s been 20 years since I first decided I wanted to be a distiller, and this dream has taken meseveral different directions that I did not anticipate,” said Alex Castle, Master Distiller and SeniorVice President. “As a Kentucky native, I did not think I would ever make a Tennessee Whiskey,and yet, here we are. I am beyond proud to be a part of such a historic release, and I hope thatthis whiskey is something that Memphis can be proud of.”
This historic milestone has been a dream since Old Dominick opened its doors in 2017. The launch of Straight Tennessee Whiskey brings to fruition co-founders Chris and Alex Canale’s desire to honor the legacy of their Great-Great Grandfather, Domenico Canale, an Italian immigrant who rose from driving his uncle’s fruit wagon to creating a food and spirits wholesale business in 1866. Old Dominick Straight Tennessee Whiskey exemplifies the expression of modern-day craft that embodies the family’s spirited past.
“This milestone marks a new generation of spirits distilled in Memphis,” said Chris Canale, Jr.,Owner of Old Dominick Distillery and parent company D. Canale & Co. “This whiskey is 150years in the making. We are proud of the product and are confident Domenico would be too.”
Old Dominick’s Straight Tennessee Whiskey is aged for a minimum of four years in West Tennessee White Oak barrels. Featuring a mash bill rich in corn and balanced with rye and malted barley, Straight Tennessee Whiskey opens with vanilla, tobacco, anise, and caramel on the nose. Sugar Maple Charcoal filtering delivers a mellow, medium-bodied whiskey, lightly sweet with caramel and crème brulee with a hint of oak and vanilla for a silky finish.
The Bottled-in-Bond Spring 2017 Batch #1 delivers caramel, toffee, light corn, cherry, leather, and shortbread on the nose with a smoky, light oak, a hint of corn and rye, cherry, dark chocolate, and a lightly sweet, medium finish on the palate. The Spring 2018 Batch #2 opens with cinnamon, brown sugar, cherry, and leather on the nose with light oak and a hint of corn, tobacco, leather, dark chocolate, and hay on the palate.
Both the Old Dominick Straight Tennessee Whiskey and Bottled-In-Bond will be available for purchase on Tuesday, November 1, at the Distillery in Downtown Memphis and area liquor stores. Old Dominick Distillery plans on broader regional distribution in early 2023.
Visit Old Dominick Distillery at 305 S. Front Street, Memphis, for tours, tastings, cocktails, and purchasing Old Dominick products and branded merchandise. For more information, news, and upcoming events, visit olddominick.com.
About Old Dominick Distillery
Old Dominick is a revitalized whiskey brand based in Memphis, TN. Established in 1866 by Domenico Canale, fifth-generation founders Chris and Alex Canale opened the Distillery in the heart of Downtown Memphis in May of 2017. On November 1, 2022, Old Dominick made history by releasing Straight Tennessee Whiskey, the first whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in Memphis since Prohibition. Straight Tennessee Whiskey joins a world-class product line that includes Old Dominick No. 10 Gin, Memphis Vodka, and Honeybell Citrus Vodka along with the Distillery’s Signature Memphis Toddy, a revival of the Pre-Prohibition recipe crafted by Domenico Canale in 1880. In addition, the Distillery offers tours, tastings, a cocktail bar, and a retail shop featuring branded merchandise and spirits. Visit olddominick.com.