Gloves coming off in fight over ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The gloves are coming off in a legislative fight over efforts to repeal state guidelines about which spirits can be labeled as “Tennessee Whiskey.”

Opponents of the 2013 law passed at the behest of Jack Daniel’s want key committees to vote Tuesday to repeal the rules that they deem to be too restrictive.

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But Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett is urging state lawmakers not to water down the law that he calls key to maintaining minimum quality standards as new distillers open up shop across the state.

The proprietors of the Full Throttle distillery in northwestern Tennessee say the rules hurt their efforts to revive the small town of Trimble, while the owner of Prichard’s Distillery says the law doesn’t match the way his ancestor made whiskey.

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