About Jason

My name is Jason Pyle and I’m an American Whiskey enthusiast. I started Sour Mash Manifesto to help educate people on one of America’s National treasures – whiskey. Whiskey is a topic I have an immense passion for, spending a great deal of my free time nosing, tasting, reading, and learning as much as I can.

I live in the beautiful town of Franklin, TN, and spend my daylight hours as the Chief Operating Officer for a National Information Technology and Healthcare Professional Services firm, Latitude36. I have a gorgeous wife and three special little daughters that keep me very busy at home.

How did I first get into whiskey? My earliest memories include my grandmother, Marjorie Thomas – I called her “Mamaw”. She was an old-school country girl that grew up in the hills of East Tennessee. I think even she’d admit her palate was less discerning, but she enjoyed a “nip” (as she called it) every now and again. I remember very fondly spending weekends with her and Papaw, and watching her tote around a red “Solo” cup of Bourbon or Tennessee Whiskey with a splash of 7-up or Ginger Ale.

Mamaw had many other “uses” for whiskey. For example, her “cough syrup” was the best tasting “medicine” on the planet. She missed an opportunity to mass market the stuff in a day and age where cough syrup all tastes like fake and sickly sweet cherry syrup. It’s a simple recipe consisting of a couple teaspoons of bourbon, a teaspoon of honey, and a squeeze of lemon. To this day when I have a cough I whip up a batch of Mamaw’s homemade ‘tussin.

Over a decade ago a very good friend of mine urged me to try some Bourbon’s that he enjoyed. A Friday night liquor store run opened me up to the world of American Whiskey. I’ve been hooked since. As a self-described foodie with a passion for cooking, whiskey resonated with me. My memory bank of flavors as a result of my cooking experience made describing whiskeys a very natural thing. Eventually I felt the need to do something with that, and Sour Mash Manifesto is the result.

Today, my mamaw’s in heaven sippin’ a couple “fingers” of whiskey with my papaw. Hopefully I’ll do her proud with my own little take on something we both love.

Thank you for visiting,

Jason Pyle
Sour Mash Manifesto
1738 Liberty Pike
Franklin, TN 37067
eMail: jmpyle1@gmail.com
Phone: 615-406-6026


  1. Rob says:


    Thanks for all the whiskey reviews. When are we going to get some new reviews?


  2. Bill says:


    Really enjoy your reviews but haven’t seen any in a long while. Looking forward to more — hope all is well with you and your family.

    – Bill

  3. Brian says:

    Hey Jason,
    Glad to hear that all is still well and look forward to future posts! Just relocated to Nashville, TN from Charlotte, NC and would appreciate any suggestions on great whiskey bars in the area.

  4. Steven V says:

    You’ve not had a review in some time. Are you doing OK?

  5. Doing well Steven – hope you are doing well. Thanks for checking in.

  6. Mark Langan says:

    Good to hear from you Jason
    One of the few negatives of living in Australia is the lack and obscene price of bourbon…combined with a drinking culture where most of the populace thinks whiskey is what you mix with Coke to get drunk on, a conversation on the merits of good whiskey is as rare as a bottle of Old Grand Dad 100 proof.
    So coming across your reviews was a wonderful discovery.
    Like most sons of Eire I cut my teeth on Irish whiskey, but thanks to my Dad, bless his soul, and living in the USA, I came to love the robust complexity of American whiskey, and especially bourbon… Even now when visiting the US I’m amazed at how the things that you can buy late at night in a 7-11 in the US surpass so much of what we can find here in a boutique bottle shop…
    So I’m very happy indeed having you around to help navigate the whiskey scene across the pond and keeping me current on my favourite drop.
    And for that I just wish to say thanks mate, and here’s wishing you and your family a happy holidays and all the best in the New Year.

  7. Herb says:

    Oh where, oh where has Jason gone?

  8. Bob says:

    What – you stop drinking bourbon? Why no reviews? I have always trusted your nose and taste buds? Hope all is OK with you you and yours!

  9. Dave Hellmich says:

    Jason, I’ve so enjoyed your astute bourbon reviews and hope all is well with you and your family. Take care, Dave

  10. Mitch says:

    Worried. Nothing for a very long time….

  11. Mitch says:

    Been a while Jason. Hope all is well

  12. Mitch Killian says:

    A year later and still wondering howzit going

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