After 108 Years, The Return of Nelson’s Green Brier Original Tennessee Whiskey
July 4, 2017 is the release of Nelson's First 108, Limited Edition
In the late 1800s, Charles Nelson of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery brought Tennessee Whiskey to world prominence. By the time Prohibition shuttered his distillery in 1909, Nelson's Green Brier was out-producing several competitors annually with numbers consisting of 380,000 cases versus others at only 23,000 cases. The distillery was reaching markets across America and as far flung as the Philippines, Moscow, and Paris. This coming July 4th, 2017 [Charles Nelson’s birthday], the distillery resurrected by his heirs will present the glorious return of Nelson's original Tennessee Whiskey with the release of First 108.
Created in Nashville according to the original family recipe, Nelson's First 108 joins the award-winning Belle Meade Bourbon line as yet another carefully curated whiskey brought to the world by brothers Charlie and Andy Nelson, fifth-generation grandsons of Tennessee's original whiskey magnate. True to the traditional composition of Tennessee Whiskey. Nelson's First 108 has wheat in its mash bill, rather than rye. Why '108'? 2017 marks 108 years since Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey was last distilled. It’s also the number of 30-gallon barrels that were laid down two years ago, shortly after the brothers started distilling the original Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey recipe. All subsequent distillations are aging in standard 53-gallon barrels, a difference in size that yields a distinctly different flavor profile.
Nelson's First 108: 108 barrels, 108 years
This limited-edition 30-gallon barrel release will yield approximately 2,000 cases of 375ml [half-size] bottles, available exclusively at the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in downtown Nashville. Presented in two expressions, the green-label 'Classic' is a 90-proof blend; and the gold-label Single Barrel will be released at true 'Cask Strength'. Once these 108 barrels are gone, they are gone.
Going forward, all Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey will come of age in standard-size 53-gallon barrels, making Nelson's First 108, this tantalizing preview of its more mature sibling, a prized top-shelf collector's item. The 53-gallon barrel release of Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey will take place in 2019, having been aged to a minimum of four-year perfection.
Charlie Nelson, the namesake of the man who put Tennessee Whiskey on the map, states, "We are so excited to have re-created the signature spirit of my great, great, great grandfather, Charles Nelson's, original Green Brier Distillery. After a gap of 108 years, whiskey historians and connoisseurs will be able to savor what was once the first bottled whiskey in the state of Tennessee."