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VOL. 129 | NO. 54 | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lawmakers Mull Full Repeal of Tennessee Whiskey Law

ERIK SCHELZIG | Associated Press

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NASHVILLE (AP) – State lawmakers are considering an outright repeal of a 2013 law that for the first time established a legal definition of Tennessee whisky.

Supporters of the move say the law enacted last year unfairly benefits Jack Daniel's, the world's most famous Tennessee whiskey.

Some new distillers, like Full Throttle located in the rural northwestern corner of the state, say they want to explore different types of spirits that wouldn't be allowed to be called Tennessee whiskey under the current law.

But Jeff Arnett, the master distiller at the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn., argued Tuesday that the law is meant to establish minimum quality standards for the category.

Arnett rejected arguments that the law requires all Tennessee whiskies to taste the same, noting the differences between brands currently on the market.

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