In 2012, Southern Pride Distillery opened its doors, producing distilled spirits from Randy Trentham’s family recipe dating back generations. Now, after two years of barrel aging, Southern Pride is bottling its first batch of Tennessee Whiskey.
Southern Pride continues to grow and is now distributed in 11 states throughout the south.
“We’re the only Tennessee Whiskey made and cut with spring water,” Trentham said. “We use the Lincoln County and charcoal mellowing process. Everything is aged for two years in white oak barrels.
“The product picks up its color from the chard barrel,” he explained. “The charcoal mellowing process and cold filtering makes it clear and smooth.
“We want to make sure we have a good whiskey taste and looks good in the bottle,” he added. “Our whiskey comes out of the barrel 110 proof; we cut it to 90 proof when it’s bottle. We’ve got a single and double barrel whiskey and we’re adding flavors. The flavored is more popular with the under 50 crowd, but we wanted to stay true to the whiskey family.
“Much of what we use to make our spirits comes from folks here locally,” added Trentham. “Our white corn, which is a very important ingredient, comes from Danny Good in Pearl City. We could buy it already ground and save some money, but we like doing business with folks we know.”
Southern Pride’s moonshine will still be produced – “We’ll continue to make our flavored moonshine, as well as our Tennessee Whiskey,” he noted.
Southern Pride is on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, a 25-stop distillery tour across the state of Tennessee.
“Being a member of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail has been good for us,” he added. “We have a steady flow of families and groups to come through every Saturday. We appreciate our visitors and want everyone to feel like family.”
Southern Pride is located at 108 Smith Mill Road. Free tours are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For additional information, visit Southern Pride Distillery at http://www.southernpridedistillery.com/.
To learn more about the Tennessee Whiskey Trail go to http://www.tnwhiskeytrail.com/.