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George Dickel Quietly Makes History with First Woman Master Distiller

Jun 8, 2015

The art of distilling whiskey in Tennessee is a decidedly masculine job.  Master distiller is a coveted position - the pinnacle of the profession.

We applaud Diageo for naming Allisa Henley master distiller of one of Tennessee's most-storied distilleries, George Dickel.  We are pretty sure that Allisa is the first woman to hold the title of master distiller in Tennessee.  Allisa is definitely the first woman to lead a distillery in the Volunteer State post-prohibition.

Allisa Henley - Portrait

Aretha Franklin's anthem Respect comes to mind:

What you want
(Ooh) Baby, I got
(Ooh) What you need
(Ooh) Do you know I've got it
(Ooh) All I'm askin'
(Ooh) Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bit) when you get home
(Just a little bit) mister (just a little bit)

 

 

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