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A Spirit Worth Gathering Over

Jeff Arnett, the renowned former master taster at Jack Daniel’s, is opening up a new whiskey distillery in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, Company Distilling. Set to open in the fall of 2021.

“It’s this collaboration between friends seeking to produce a spirit worth gathering over that sparked the Company Distilling name,” said Company Distilling President, Kris Tatum. “Not only will the whiskey be best when enjoyed among good company, but the distillery’s property provides ample opportunities for gathering and outdoor fun.” Via PR Newswire.

The first Company Distilling location will be a 4,000-square-foot tasting room and restaurant in Townsend, Tennessee. According to PRN Set on 13.5 acres next door to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Little River with the Townsend Greenway. Uniquely, the tasting room will take advantage of the beautiful outdoor setting and offer access to cycling, running, and nearby mountain biking and hiking trails.

Gather Around Whiskey Distillery

Jeff Arnett’s Up and Coming Whiskey Distillery (image via Company Distilling)

The second location will be a 20,000 square foot building with a casual and rustic mountain style once refurbished. It will offer a retail shop, tasting room, restaurant, and brewery. Similar to the first location, the distillery will offer 31 acres, including a live music venue, corn hole, pickleball courts, bonfire pits, and open access to greenway trails, says PRN.

This new venture includes a $20 million initial investment by the founders and will create at least 60 new jobs. The benefits will felt throughout the area as the distillery sources local ingredients and utilizes other local resources— a welcome growth to the Tennessee whiskey industry.

“For years now, we’ve had this spirit in the back of our minds,” said Arnett. “It’s straight bourbon whiskey finished with maple wood to produce a sip like no other. It’s hard to believe it’s finally real. And it’s better than we ever imagined.”

We’re excited to see what the future holds for Jeff Arnett and everyone involved with Company Distilling. In the meantime, we might dive into Jack Daniel’s reviews here on Whiskey Raider’s and see what bottle we want to pick up while we wait to try a bottle of Company Whiskey.

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