Lawmakers to hear debate over Tennessee whiskey

Lawmakers to hear debate over Tennessee whiskey

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - The owner of the Full Throttle moonshine distillery wants to add Tennessee whiskey to his product list. But Michael Ballard doesn't want to have to make his spirits in the style of Jack Daniel's, the world's most famous Tennessee whiskey.

Ballard says a state law enacted last year to establish a legal definition for Tennessee whiskey hurts his ability to grow his business located in Trimble in northwestern Tennessee.

Ballard and Jesse James Dupree, the Jackyl lead singer who is building a distillery next to the Full Throttle facility, plan to attend legislative hearings Tuesday on dialing back the Tennessee whiskey rules, which include proposals to do away with rules requiring charcoal filtering and storing whiskey only in new oak barrels.

Jack Daniel's is fighting the proposed law change.

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