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New Sweetens Cove Kennesse brings Kentucky and Tennessee bourbons together

The neighboring states of Kentucky and Tennessee are the megacenters and main rivals in the world of American whiskey, especially bourbon. One distiller who perhaps gets this more than most is Marianne Eaves, having worked and lived on both sides of the state line. It was partly through this experience that she came to produce a new American blended bourbon known as Kennesse for Sweetens Cove, a popular brand of bourbon associated with the likes of footballer Peyton Manning and legend tennis player Andy Roddick, among others.

The magic behind the new whiskey, according to information shared by Eaves with us on the eve of the launch of this new expression, is the curation and blending of Kentucky and Tennessee bourbons and the finishing of this blend with maple wood. toasted sugar. Specifically, she created a base blend of selected whiskeys, finishing them in a stainless steel tank with the addition of special wood spirals made from the wood of sugar maple before final filtration, proofing and bottling.

“To me, using roasted sugar maple is like a Kentuckian’s take on the process from Lincoln County in Tennessee, adding flavors (mostly sweet and nutty) through the intentional deep toast instead of the how charcoal removes flavors and ‘mellows out’ whiskey,” Eaves said. ours. “We’re making it bolder.”

Sweetens Cove Kennesse is a blend of Kentucky and Tennessee bourbons finished with toasted maple sugarwood (image via Sweetens Cove)

Sweetens Cove approaches this product more like a casual drinker than the brand’s ultra-premium sipping bourbon. Kennessee is thus positioning itself as something that, according to co-founder Mark Rivers, allows people to go to a bar and order it in an old-fashioned cocktail or similar from Sweetens Cove. Of course, it can also be enjoyed on its own.

“Each state has its own heritage and traditions, characters and culture, with a common state line,” Rivers said in a prepared statement. “Kennessee is a delicious harmony of both, crafted by master distiller Marianne Eaves, one of the world’s most renowned talents in bourbon and the spirits industry as a whole.”

One thing that’s particularly interesting with this new offering is how Sweetens Cove plans to run its release cycle alongside that of the flagship bottling. Kennessee becomes the so-called mainstream product, while the other expression will continue to be a limited edition as it was in 2020 and 2021, seeing its debut in the fall. Depending on when it drops each fall, that could end up putting this whiskey more in the eyes of those who hunt store shelves each fall for all the collectible bourbons.

Sweetens Cove Kennesse, bottled at 55.35% ABV, is out today for a price of around $60 per 750ml bottle. It’s initially available in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, with plans to expand across the United States in 2022.

Sweetens Cove Kennesse Cocktails

Kennessee’s attempted versatility is exemplified in these cocktails (recipes below) – From L to R: Blossoming Peach, Defending Hideki, The Green Jacket and The Arnie (image via Sweetens Cove)

The official tasting notes for this union of Kentucky and Tennessee bourbons are listed below, along with several cocktail suggestions from Cole Williamson, the beverage director at Empire State South in Atlanta, Georgia. These cocktails are inspired by the upcoming Masters 2022 golf tournament.

  • Aroma: Toasted warm oak, graham cracker, rich warm spices and orange zest, hint of dried pome fruit
  • Mouth: Soft and warm caramel, vanilla and baking spices, hint of citrus, soft and mellow oak, easy and creamy mid palate
  • Finish: Long and persistent heat, soft and sweet woody finish

peach blossom

Number 3 – A classic for Alister & You

  • 1.5 oz Sweetens Cove Kennesse Bourbon
  • 1 oz Cocchi Americano
  • .25 oz Giffard Vine Peach
  • 0.25 oz Alpe de Genepy

Served in a Nick & Nora. Decorated with a lemon twist.

Defend Hideki

For cocktail champions, pioneers and a gentleman of the game

  • 0.75 oz Sweetens Cove Kennesse Bourbon
  • 1.5 oz Japanese Bermutto
  • 0.75oz Suntory Toki Whiskey
  • 0.25 oz honey syrup
  • Lime slice

Served in a Rocks glass on a large cube. Garnished with a zest of grapefruit. The lime wedge should be squeezed over the top of the drink once it’s in the glass and then discarded. The little acidity helps take some of the heat out of the drink.

The green jacket

Sip Victory at Sunday Sunset

  • 0.75 oz Sweetens Cove Kennesse Bourbon
  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz green chartreuse
  • 0.5 oz Chareau aloe liqueur
  • 0.25 oz simple syrup
  • 3 dashes of celery bitters
  • mint

Served in a small coupe. Garnished with a sprig of mint.


A tea and lemonade pairing for your army

  • 1.5 oz Sweetens Cove Kennesse Bourbon
  • 0.75 oz lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz Earl Gray simple syrup
  • 0.25 oz honey syrup
  • 2 dashes of Earl Gray Bitters
  • A soda

Served over ice in a Collins glass. Decorated with a lemon twist.