Scouted Distilleries You Should Know About
Originally published by THE SCOUT GUIDE on December 19th, 2022.
One of life’s greatest pleasures is enjoying fine spirits, whether at the end of a long day or when gathering with friends. That experience is amplified when you get to know the process—and the people behind it—from spirit to bottle, upon visiting a distillery. For those looking to enrich their enjoyment of all manner of distilled drinks, we asked The Scout Guide editors to recommend their favorite distilleries, each with a unique product and tasting room.
Photography courtesy of Company Distilling.
DISTILLERY: Company Distillery
LOCATION: Townsend, Tennessee
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: Company Distilling, a partnership helmed by master distiller Jeff Arnett, wanted to create something to “gather over.” Their unique maple finish and other distinct flavors come from the native hardwoods of Tennessee. Recently opened, their Townsend distillery along The Little River, is the ideal spot to gather and experience the “peaceful side of the Smokies.”
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Company is my first choice when it comes to pouring a sipper,” says Frances King, editor of The Scout Guide Knoxville. “It’s a great price point with an even better finish.”
Photography courtesy of Brushy Mountain.
DISTILLERY: Brushy Mountain
LOCATION: Petros, Tennessee
WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL: Brushy Mountain Distillery, named for and created in a former state penitentiary, uses fresh grains from local farmers and fresh water from surrounding mountain springs to conjure some of the state’s finest spirits.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Brushy Mountain Distillery, just 40 miles up the road in Petros, is the world’s first ‘legal’ distillery on prison grounds and makes for a unique tasting and touring experience,” shares Frances King, editor of The Scout Guide Knoxville. “Their double-barrel whiskey, aged six years in Caribbean rum barrels, is smooth with hints of caramel and butterscotch, a great spirit to share with friends.”