Discover the Story Behind Tennessee’s Finest Whiskey

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Discover the Story Behind Tennessee’s Finest Whiskey

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A Brief History of Jack Daniel’s

The Jack Daniel’s Distillery is one of the must-visit spots in Tennessee. Located in Lynchburg, which is ironically a dry county, the Distillery first opened in 1866. But how did Jack Daniel’s develop in the first place, and what made it so famous in the first place?

To answer that question, we need to take a brief look at Jack Daniel himself.

The Birth of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s actual birth date is unknown, but his history as a young man is well-documented: one of thirteen children, Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel lost his parents early in his life. His mother died when he was still a baby, his father when he was a young man.

These losses led to his meeting Dan Call, a local pastor who took Jack into his home. Besides running a general store, Call also owned a nearby distillery.

Jack developed his whiskey-making skills and eventually bought the distillery from Call, whose congregation protested his distilling activities. And so began the history of one of the most famous whiskeys in the world.

According to The Atlantic, Jack made his product stand out from competitors by “

[using] only the iron-free cave spring water on his property and the finest grains, [mellowing] his whiskey by filtering it through ten feet of sugar maple charcoal, and [changing] the charcoal out more often to produce a more consistent and better whiskey.”

By the 1950s, the product of these efforts had gained big-name fans like Frank Sinatra, William Faulkner and Harry Truman. Today, it is enjoyed across the globe, and its trademark black-and-white label has become a cultural legacy.

Touring the Jack Daniel’s Distillery

To educate whiskey lovers on the history of Jack Daniel’s, the historic distillery offers tours year-round.

The regular tour, which lasts just over one hour, takes you through the property, telling stories about Jack and giving you a close glimpse at the whiskey-making process. The regular tour is open to all ages.

The longer sampling tour, which lasts one hour and 45 minutes, is for visitors 21 and up, since it includes a taste of Jack Daniel’s.

(Whichever tour you choose, be sure to wear comfortable shoes—there’s a lot of walking involved.)

Nearby Attractions

If you’d like a momento to bring home with you, stop by the Lynchburg Hardware & General Store, which has many Jack Daniel’s souvenirs to commemorate your visit. Merchandise sold includes shirts, Jack Daniel’s sauces and seasonings, and furniture made out of whiskey barrels.

Another must-visit is Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House, which offers meals combining friendly service with delicious Southern food. Learn some of the history of Lynchburg from the staff, and enjoy the atmosphere provided by this converted boarding house, where the menu includes dishes like fried okra, squash casserole, cornbread, meatloaf and fried chicken.

If you have room for dessert, or you’d like to buy something sweet to enjoy later when you’ve had more time to digest, drop by the Lynchburg Cake and Candy Company. This small business sells only three items: whiskey cake, whiskey balls (milk chocolate flavored with Jack Daniel’s) and whiskey praline pecans. However, each is popular with its customers, and the store has been featured on The Food Network and The View.

Getting There

If you’d like to visit Lynchburg and see all of these places, give Signature Transportation a call. We make it easy for you to get a unique taste of one of the state’s most famous businesses with our special Jack Daniel’s tour package. It includes a stop at the Distillery for a sampling tour and a meal at Miss Mary Bobo’s, as well as any additional businesses you’d like to explore. Your chauffeur will take care of the 90 miles between Nashville and Lynchburg. All you have to do is relax.

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