The story of our whiskey goes back 200 years when our family first came to Tennessee. Willliam Collier and James Mckeel came in the 1790’s, after the Whiskey Rebellion. President Washington sent troops to Pennsylvania to put down an uprising of whiskey makers who refused to pay a new federal tax. Distillers in every state were afraid the same the same thing would happen to them, and they moved west. Collier and McKeel came to Tennessee from Virginia and North Carolina and along with many others , brought the tradition of making handcrafted sour mash whiskey they learned from their Scottish and Irish ancestors….Read More!
Welcome to Corsair’s newest distillery program where you are invited to come experience artisan craftsmanship in a whole new way. It’s all in the details, from our brand new custom pot still to our onsite barrel house, you will be greeted by our matching copper tasting and libation bars beginning your journey through the Corsair spirit line up….Read More!
The Start: Charles Nelson was born July 4, 1835 in Hagenow, a small town in the Mecklenburg-Schwerin state of northern Germany. He was the eldest of six children whose father, John Philip Nelson, owned a soap and candle factory. When Charles was 15, his father decided he wanted to move his family to America for a better life. He sold his soap and candle factory, converted all of the family’s earthly possessions to gold and had special clothing made to hold all of that gold on his person during the journey. In late October of 1850, he gathered his family and boarded the Helena Sloman to set sail for America. As fate would have it, on November 19 of that year, intense storms and gale force winds sent many of the nearly 180 passengers overboard. John Philip Nelson was one of those unfortunate souls and weighed down by the family fortune, he sank directly to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Luckily, the rest of the family arrived safely in New York, but with only the clothes on their backs, and 15 year-old Charles found himself man of the house….Read More!
Popcorn was well known throughout the South and beyond for making the best damn “likker” anyone had ever tasted. Popcorn lived life on his own terms, did and said whatever the hell he wanted and always had a trick up his sleeve. On March 16th 2009, while facing 18 months in federal prison for making moonshine (not paying taxes on his whiskey), he decided to take his own life rather than go to prison. Popcorn believed in his whiskey and the traditions he lived and ultimately died for. Even in the midst of his impending prison sentence, he managed to ensure that his life’s work would continue by passing on his whiskey-making tradition to me…..Read More!