Introducing Nelson's First 108 Tennessee Whiskey

Nelson's 108 Tennessee Whiskey: Nelson's Green Brier Distillery / Nashville, TN

After 108 years, the return of Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey

In the late 1800s, Charles Nelson of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery brought Tennessee Whiskey to world prominence. By the time Prohibition shuttered his distillery in 1909, Nelson's Green Brier was out-producing several competitors by ten barrels-to-one, reaching markets across America and as far flung as the Philippines, Moscow, and Paris. This coming July 4th, 2017 (Charles Nelson’s birthday) the distillery resurrected by his heirs will present the glorious return of Nelson's Tennessee Whiskey with the release of Nelson’s First 108.

Created in Nashville according to the original family recipe, Nelson's First 108 joins the award-winning Belle Meade Bourbon line as yet another carefully nurtured whiskey brought to the world by brothers Charlie and Andy Nelson, fifth-generation grandsons of Tennessee's original whiskey magnate. True to the traditional composition of Tennessee Whiskey, and unlike most others now on the market, Nelson's First 108 has wheat in its mash bill, rather than rye.  Why '108'? 2017 marks 108 years since Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey was last distilled.  It’s also the number of 30-gallon barrels that were laid down two years ago, shortly after the brothers started distilling the original Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey recipe. All subsequent distillations are aging in standard 53-gallon barrels, a difference in size that yields a distinctly different flavor profile.

Can't make the Saturday, July 1 Sneak Peek? Come to our July 4 Open House and Official 108 Launch!

Stop by the distillery for tours, hot dogs and grilled snacks, games, and other forms of delightful reverie to celebrate Charles Nelson as well as the release of Nelson's First 108 Tennessee Whiskey. There will be tastings and bottles for sale in the gift shop. 




Nelson's First 108: 108 barrels, 108 years.


This limited-edition small-barrel release will yield approximately 2,000 cases of 375ml [half-size] bottles, available only in the gift shop at the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in downtown Nashville.  Presented in two expressions, the green-label 'Classic' is a 90-proof blend; and the gold-label Single Barrel will be released at true 'Cask Strength'. Once these 108 barrels are gone, they are gone. Going forward, all Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey will come of age in standard-size 53-gallon barrels, making Nelson's First 108, this tantalizing preview of its more mature sibling, a prized top-shelf collector's item.  

The next release of Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey will take place in 2019, when the first 53-gallon  barrels have been aged to a minimum of four-year perfection.  

Charlie Nelson, the namesake of the man who put Tennessee Whiskey on the map, states, "We are so excited to have re-created the signature spirit of Charles Nelson's original Green Brier Distillery.  After a gap of 108 years, whiskey lovers will be able to savor what was once the toast of the nation - and beyond.  This small batch is a true taste of both Tennessee Whiskey history, and the future of Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.