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The Sazerac Co is to start producing Tennessee whiskey after buying a distillery in the US state.

Sazerac said the distillery should start production early next year

Sazerac said the distillery should start production early next year

The Buffalo Trace owner today said it has purchased a facility in Newport, Tennessee from Avery's Trail Distilling Co. Financial details have not been disclosed, however a spokesperson confirmed that the transaction represents Sazerac's entry into Tennessee.

The spokesperson also said that the site's production capacity will be "significant", with "a nice variety of different style Tennessee whiskeys" expected to be launched.

"We see a lot of potential in the distilling capabilities of this operation," said Sazerac CEO Mark Brown. "We are excited to have the talents of [master distiller] John Lunn and [master blender] Allisa Henley on board and we look forward to utilising their expertise to start laying down true Tennessee whiskey."

The distillery will start producing whisky early next year, Sazerac said. It will use the Lincoln County process, which filtrates the whiskey through charcoal chips prior to being put into barrels.

In operation since 2014, Avery's Trail produces a range of different spirits using three copper pot stills.

Yesterday, Diageo confirmed to just-drinks that it has filed a "trade dress" lawsuit in the US against Sazerac regarding alleged similarities between its Bulleit and the US company's Dr McGillicuddy's brands.


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