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Distillery History

Distilling has been in our family for generations. Five generations ago in 1822, Benjamin Prichard of Davidson County, Tennessee passed his “still, tubs and utensils thereto” to his son Enoch. Benjamin’s will provides documentation of the last known “legal” distiller in the Prichard Family. Benjamin Prichard made his Tennessee whiskey with a high sugar content white corn, pure Tennessee spring water and it was distilled using ancient pot still techniques. Much of the unique character of Prichards’ spirits may be directly attributed to its production in small batches using our classic copper pot still techniques and rigid quality control standards.

In 1997 Phil Prichard opened Prichard’s Distillery in Kelso. Prichard’s Distillery represents the first legal distillery to be built in Tennessee in nearly fifty years. Using some of the highest quality ingredients and the same techniques, Phil was able to craft some of the finest tasting rums and Tennessee whiskeys produced in America.  The production of Prichard’s Fine Rum may truly represent the restoration of a lost art form.