Will Tennessee Feature Blockbuster Sequel to Whiskey Wars?

Will Tennessee Feature Blockbuster Sequel to Whiskey Wars?

Tennessee's relatively newly-minted Attorney General found a way to seize the spotlight during the middle of Tennessee's legislative session.  In what we suspect was one of the top daily downloads on the Hill, General Herbert Slaterty found a potentially fatal constitutional defect in Tennessee's state law that defines Tennessee Whiskey.

Read about it here!

When we originally analyzed the whiskey bill, we thought that the exception carved out for Pritchard's made the entire bill unconstitutional.

If a state-mandated recipe for Tennessee Whiskey was critical to survival of the product in the marketplace, why exempt what was then the state's third largest distiller?

It is too early to tell, but General Slatery's humble opinion may lead to a windfall of historic perspective for lobbyists.  With the Legislature starting to focus on winding down for the session, time is critical.  We expect a considerable amount of whiskey will be consumed in the ensuing evenings as distillers, legislators and lobbyists map out next steps, or reach a consensus to defer action until January 2016, when the Legislature reconvenes.

Conjures up a song that demonstrates the longevity of anti-government sentiment among some distillers:

"My daddy he made whiskey, and my granddaddy too

We ain't paid a whiskey-tax since seventeen-ninety-two."

Albert F. Beddoe immortalized the words in the 1953 tune Copper Kettle (The Pale Moonlight).

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