About an hour and a half south of Nashville, lies the warm world that is Jack Daniel’s. Jack Daniel’s is a Tennessee staple, in the Whiskey world, and it has been around since 1864. The Distillery, located in Lynchburg, is where they have been crafting this nectar of the gods, since 1866. Old No. 7 is even made exactly as it was back then, and because it contractually has to remain the same, it is a non-GMO product. Win-win!
The Distillery offers several different tours, that caters to all ages; the tours that offer tastings you do need to be 21+ to partake. My cousin, sister and I went on the Flight of Jack Tour, this tour is for those aged 18+, and is about an hour and a half long. We were able to see the spring Jack found, to supply the water for the whiskey, and they are still using this spring today. The tour takes you through the process, from where they make the charcoal for filtration, to the mash barrels, the filtration room, and then there is a tasting. On this tour, you get to taste 5 different Jack Daniel’s whiskeys; Gentleman Jack, Old No. 7, Single Barrel Select, Tennessee Honey and Tennessee Fire. My favorite is still Old No. 7, but Gentleman Jack is a really lovely sipping whiskey. The Single Barrel Select was a little too peppery for my taste, but it was our guide’s, Jeb, favorite. If you have never tried Tennessee Honey, buy a bottle immediately! It would be amazing in tea, whiskey sweet tea anyone!? Also, the Tennessee Fire is so good. It is way better than that other cinnamon whiskey, and a spiked hot apple cider with some Tennessee Fire is just calling my name! This tour overall was one of the best that I have been on, in a long time. Jeb, the guide, was so knowledgeable and could answer any questions our tour group threw his way. I can’t wait to go back, for The Taste of Lynchburg tour. That one comes with lunch at the famous Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant.
- Book in advance. The tours sell out fast, especially on the weekend.
- Backpacks and purses are not allowed on the tour, so be prepared to leave them in the car or in a locker, for an added fee. Cameras and phones are ok, but photography is limited to certain areas.
- Don’t be afraid to bring the kids. There is a tour that doesn’t involve tastings, and kids under 9 are free.
- Lynchburg is in a dry county. Because of this you can only buy Jack in the gift shop at the distillery, the towns stores do not sell it.
- Go early, and make a day of it. There is an adorable town square with shops, restaurants and the old jail, right next to the distillery. You can also go to the Lynchburg Cemetery and see where Jack is buried.
- Get ready to learn more about whiskey, than you ever thought was possible.