Great Gifts from Tennessee, 2012

tn-gift-11 Last year, I posted some last-minute Christmas gift ideas from Tennessee. Those still work, but here are some new ideas volunteered by some Tennesseans.

(Sorry, this slide show is not working. I’m working on getting it reposted.)

Belle Meade Bourbon thumbnail
 Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream (a
Corsair Nashville Boubon thumbnail
Benjamin Prichard’s Double Barreled Bourbon (90 Proof) thumbnail
Olive & Sinclair Chocolate thumbnail
El Camino, The Black Keys thumbnail
Blunderbuss, Jack White thumbnail
Jefferson: The Art of Power thumbnail
Lynskey  2013 Helix OS Limited Edition thumbnail
Nissan Leaf thumbnail
Ultimachine's  RAMPS Pre-Assembled Kit Complete thumbnail
Belle Meade Bourbon
 Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream (a
Corsair Nashville Boubon
Benjamin Prichard’s Double Barreled Bourbon (90 Proof)
Olive & Sinclair Chocolate
El Camino, The Black Keys
Blunderbuss, Jack White
Jefferson: The Art of Power
Lynskey  2013 Helix OS Limited Edition
Nissan Leaf
Ultimachine's  RAMPS Pre-Assembled Kit Complete

Belle Meade Bourbon

Last year, I included a Tennessee product that is known world wide, Jack Daniels. This year, thanks to some spirited friends on Facebook, I discovered there are several Tennesseans mixing up some potent potables, My favorite (for the name) is Belle Meade Bourbon from Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.

Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream (a "whiskey liquer")

SPEAKeasy Spirits, Nashville, Tennessee
tennesseesippingcream.com

Corsair Nashville Boubon

A smoke whiskey with a very American point of view.
Corsair Distillery, Nashville
corsairartisan.com

Benjamin Prichard’s Double Barreled Bourbon (90 Proof)

Prichards Distillery, Kelso, Tenn.
prichardsdistillery.com

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate

Handcrafted by native Nashvillians in the Portandia-esque neighborhood of East Nashville, Olive & Sinclair is, according to their website, "the paramount bean-to-bar chocolate maker in the South." I'm not sure what that means, but I can say, their chocolate is so great, at Hammock Inc., we chose Olive & Sinclair as our "official client-love holiday gift" this year. More of their mouth-watering website copy: "Slow-roasted and stone ground in small batches, select single origin beans are combined with pure brown sugar for a smooth and robust flavor unique to Southern Artisan Chocolate." Pictured is the holiday special product, Peppermint Bark, 8 oz. box, $15.99.

El Camino, The Black Keys

This is a repeat recommendation since it was on last year's list. However, the Nashville-based Black Keys' El Camino is nominated for the 2013 Grammy Album of the Year to be awarded in February.

Blunderbuss, Jack White

"Music City Ambassador" Jack White's Blunderbuss is (also) nominated for the 2013 Grammy Album of the Year to be awarded in February.

Jefferson: The Art of Power

Author Jon Meacham's blockbuster history of Jefferson's White House years doesn't need my endorsement since, as I'm posting this, it is #1 in a half-dozen categories on Amazon. However, since Tennessee-native Meacham recently moved his family to Nashville, I felt it the welcome-home thing to do.

Lynskey 2013 Helix OS Limited Edition

Chattanooga's Lynskey Performance Products is creator of some of the finest titanium bicycles in the world. It's a family-owned and operated company "with a burning desire" to produce high quality, custom-made performance bikes that are functional pieces of art. The bicycle pictured retails for $6,899. Yes, you read that correctly.

Nissan Leaf

Be "geo-green" and get one of these "made in Tennessee" Nissan Leafs. Please. Somebody. Apparently, they haven't been blowing out the doors, as the 2013 model is about $1,000 less than last year. MSRP starts at $36,050, but the federal government will kick in a $7,500 federal tax credit. California buyers get an additional $2,500 state rebate. Two more things: The plant that makes batteries for this car has just opened in Smyrna, Tenn. It was built with a $1.4 billion loan from the U.S. taxpayers as part of the 2009 stimulus package. In other words, we want this car to succeed.

Ultimachine's RAMPS Pre-Assembled Kit Complete

My friend, Jay Graves suggested the coolest product on this list. It's from the same small town that's home to the 125-year old Lodge Manufactuing, South Pittsburgh, one of my recommendations from last year. If you're on the cutting-edge of hip geeksterism, you'll know that Brooklyn-based startup 3-D printer Makerbot is getting lots of attention for being the new, cool kid in town. But, if you are actually a cool kid, you'd be making your own 3-D printer rather than purchasing an already assembled one from Makerbot. And if you were that cool of a geek (like Jay) you'd be purchasing the motherboard for your DIY 3-D printer from Ultimachine, based in, yes, South Pittsburg, Tennessee. No kidding.I don't know about you, but learning that a geek-popular DIY 3D printer motherboard and the country's oldest family-owned iron skillet foundry share the same hometown of South Pittsburgh sort of just sums up why I love Tennessee.Merry Christmas.