Quinoa, Turkish Coffee, and Other Things You Didn’t Expect to Find in Your Booze

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Marathon Village

Nashville’s Marathon Village, a building which has housed a range of industries from gasoline engine to motor car manufacturing since 1884, has since turned into a mega cool boutique, brewery, distillery and winery marketplace just a few minutes from Germantown.

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The Barrel

We enter into a sleek bar where the back wall is lined with the full Corsair Distillery spirit collection. Shot by shot, our knowledgable bartender describes each flavor, the steam processes used for concocting our spirit menu, and how best to slurp, to fully experience vodka gin, rum-aged gin, barley gin and a noteworthy assortment of whiskies. Delicious and fine in taste from clear to brown, most memorable were the Quinoa and Triple Smoke Whiskies.

Corsair pays to grow quinoa in Saskatchewan – chosen in lieu of South America to help fight against rising produce costs for locals. This whisky is smooth and light, and bit nutty.

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The Distillery

Their triple smoke is a three way blend of barley smoked in cherry wood from Wisconsin,  peat from Scotland, and beechwood from Germany. This whisky has smooth flavor much more akin to Scotch than Bourbon, and the smokiness is subtle making it quite delectable for someone like me, who normally doesn’t like smoky scotches as I generally find them overpowering.

The folks behind Corsair Distillery make beer too and are experimenting with blending the spirit and beer barrels for new tastes and flavors. Next door to the dimly lit spirit bar is a small tap room serving up their own crafts. This is where I sipped my first Turkish Coffee stout with flavors of cardamon and cinnamon. Dry, smooth, caffeinated and delicious – this is a beer to try!

Go for the tour which includes a full spirit tasting and a beer-to-go for the walk through the barrels.