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Sweetens Cove Golf Club has quickly become one of those bucket-list courses for the golf-obsessed. It’s a quirky 9-hole track located just 30 miles west of Chattanooga, Tenn. that operates a little differently than your run-of-the-mill golf course. Instead of selling tee times, they sell day passes. Instead of a set route, you can play to a multitude of greens from a multitude of the tee boxes. Instead of filling up your water bottle before heading out for the day (okay, not instead of — in addition to…), you take a shot of whiskey.
This tradition unsurprisingly led to the creation of their very own bourbon whiskey, and — much like the golf course itself — it lives up to the hype.
They’ve made two kinds of bourbon. The first is a classic Tennessee whiskey with notes of toasted oak, vanilla bean and brown sugar that’s been deemed a limited-release product. It’s a fancy, expensive bottle that would make a great gift for the whiskey-golf lover in your life.
They’ve also made a more accessibly priced Kennessee whiskey with notes of graham cracker, orange peel and sweet warm caramel that — as its name suggests — blends Kentucky and Tennessee whiskeys. It’s also a great gift if you’re looking for something under $100 that’s still nice and special.
Both bottles are delicious — smooth and distinctly bold, delicious on ice or mixed into your favorite bourbon-based cocktail (though I’d recommend enjoying the Tennessee bottle on its own).
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Sweetens Cove Tennessee Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey
This Tennessee bourbon blend is so, so smooth — just like the greens at Sweetens Cove Golf Club. It costs a pretty penny, but makes a great gift for the golf/bourbon lover in your life.
Sweetens Cove Kennessee Bourbon Whiskey
The Kentucky-Tenessee bourbon blend has notes of sugar maple wood. If you’re not quite ready to drop $200 on the Tennessee blend, this is a perfect alternative that still tastes great!