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,
Sour Mash Manifesto
1738 Liberty Pike
Franklin, TN 37067