A few years ago, I was at retired Old Fitzgerald master distiller Ed Foote’s house and noticed a George Dickel poster. For the unknowing whiskey person, Foote was the perfect George Dickel poster child. I suppose it didn’t really matter that he didn’t make the … Continue readingFinally, George Dickel Seized The Moment
Yes. And no. Jack Daniel’s chooses not to call itself bourbon, but the historic brand applies for federal label approval under the class of bourbon and Tennessee whiskey is listed as straight bourbon in the North American Free Trade Agreement. And if you actually pull … Continue readingIs Jack Daniel’s Bourbon?
George Dickel Distillery has lost another valuable production employee to Popcorn Sutton Distilling. Allisa Henley joins John Lunn, Dickel’s former master distiller, as the Newport, Tennessee-based distillery’s master blender. Lunn left in 2015. Popcorn Sutton announced the hiring in a press release today. Henley spoke on my Thirst Boston … Continue readingAnother Distiller Leaves George Dickel
When John Lunn left Diageo’s George Dickel Distillery for the relatively unknown Tennessee brand Popcorn Sutton in March, the entire whiskey world was surprised. I personally thought Lunn was this country’s most-underrated distiller, and Diageo was grooming him for something bigger. Lunn managed facilities in … Continue readingThe Rise of Popcorn Sutton
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I was all over John Lunn’s departure from Diageo. I’m a big sports fan (and a former sports writer), and this story broke around the time of NFL free agency. I was treating this very much like … Continue readingPopcorn Sutton Avoids Leaks, Lands George Dickel’s Lunn
Long-time George Dickel master distiller John Lunn is leaving Diageo, according to sources within the world’s largest spirits company. Below is the internal Diageo announcement regarding his departure. He also managed Stitzel-Weller. It’s unknown his next venture. As you may have heard, John Lunn, Site … Continue readingGeorge Dickel Master Distiller Leaves Diageo