10 Fun Facts From The Jack Daniels Distillery Tour (+ A Guide To Lynchburg Tennessee Attractions)

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Jack Daniels and coke is as American a highball cocktail as you can get – mixing two great American drink traditions. Despite my British husband trying to convert me to gin and tonics, I am still a big fan of Jack and Coke.  So I was super excited to visit the world-famous Jack Daniels in Lynchburg TN to take a Jack Daniels Distillery tour which explains how Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey is made. Then I got to check out the Lynchburg Tennessee attractions in downtown Lynchburg for its restaurants and stores. There are some great Southern barbecue places and the Lynchburg General Store is the place to stock up on Jack Daniels merchandise.

Jack Daniels Distillery Tours

The Jack Daniels Distillery Tours are super popular. Three hundred thousand people visit Jack Daniels Lynchburg TN every year! The busiest times to tour Jack Daniels distillery tend to be summer weekends. 

Wow! On the 3rd of July 2018, 2000 people came for a Jack Daniels Distillery tour!

Types of Jack Daniels Distillery Tours

There are four types of Jack Daniels distillery tours. Every Jack Daniels distillery tour starts out essentially the same but they end differently. 

  • The Dry County Distillery Tour does not have a whiskey tasting at the end and it is open to all ages.
  • The Flight of Jack Daniels Tour has a whiskey tasting of 5 Jack Daniels products.
  • I took the Jack Daniels Flight of Angels tour at the end of which is a selection of mid-range whiskeys to taste. At the end of the Jack Daniels Distillery tours, I got souvenir Jack Daniels glasses which were pretty cool!
  • The Taste of Lynchburg Tour includes the tour, the whiskey tastings and lunch at Miss Bobo’s.
The whiskey options the Flight of Angels Jack Daniels Distillery Tour
The whiskey options the Flight of Angels Jack Daniels Distillery Tour

Each of the Jack Daniels Distillery tour and the Flight of Jack Daniels Tour lasts an hour and a half. The whiskey-free tour is marginally shorter and the Taste of Lynchburg takes 3 hours. 

Tennessee Whiskey vs. Bourbon

The Jack Daniels Distillery Tour shows you how charcoal mellowing to filter whiskey is a special step for Tennessee Whiskey (versus bourbon – that OTHER Southern whiskey).

NB: The uninitiated ask a basic question: Is Jack Daniels bourbon or whiskey?  It’s Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey!  Now you know. 
charcoal for whiskey distilling
Jack Daniels charcoal is made with maple sugar

Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey uses the so-called Lincoln County method of charcoal mellowing where the whiskey is slowly dripped through 10 feet of charcoal (and another 3 feet of charcoal if its double mellowed like Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack). It can take a few days for the whiskey to be charcoal mellowed.

What’s the difference between Tennessee Whiskey vs Bourbon? The charcoal mellowing process. 

After the filtration process, the whiskey comes out clear. The distinctive color of Jack Daniels comes from the white oak barrels where the whiskey is kept. 

Tennessee Whiskey changes color as it ages
You can see how Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey changes color in the Jack Daniels Barrels.

Jack Daniels in Lynchburg TN

Believe it or not, Moore County (where the Jack Daniel’s Distillery Lynchburg Tennessee is located) has been a dry country since 1909. In 1995, an exception was made for the Jack Daniels Tour and for its employees. 

A Local Business!  So much of what happens at the Jack Daniels Lynchburg Tennessee is a local business. For example, the white oak Jack Daniels barrels are sourced from trees in a four state radius around the distillery and the barrels are made at Jack Daniels in Lynchburg TN. 

The distillery only uses the Jack Daniels barrels once. Then, they are resold to other manufacturers like hot sauce makers (as we found out on our Tabasco factory tour on Avery Island, Louisiana). 

The Lynchburg Tennessee Fire department
The Lynchburg Tennessee Fire department is a necessary part of the Jack Daniels operation with all that flammable alcohol and wood around.

There are about 2 million Jack Daniels barrels maturing at the Jack Daniels facilities at any time. Considering you get about 240 bottles of Jack Daniels per barrel, that’s a very good time!

Many generations of Lynchburg residents have worked at the distillery. For example, there has been a Green working at the distillery since the time of Earnest Green, the first Jack Daniels master distiller (although that wasn’t his title at the time).

Jack Daniels Alcohol Content

The Jack Daniels alcohol content is 125-140 proof when it comes out of the Jack Daniels barrels. You add water to get the alcohol levels down.

You can buy Jack Daniels Single barrel proof which is not watered down.  The Jack Daniels alcohol content for its single barrel whiskey usually comes in at 133 proof!

Time to go shopping!

Jack Daniels Single Barrel is only sold in 10 states including Tennessee!

You can only buy these types of bottles of Jack Daniels in Tennessee.
You can only buy these types of bottles of Jack Daniels in Tennessee.

Fun Facts From the Jack Daniels Distillery Tour

When you tour Jack Daniels Distillery you are immediately surrounded by a fair share of Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey enthusiasts. Having been on other whiskey tours, such as the Bushmills Irish Whiskey factory, I did not expect it to be so much of a pilgrimage for some of the people. 

I’ve had my fair share of Jack Daniels and coke in my life, but some of the facts I learned from the Jack Daniels Distillery tour were fun to learn!

Jack Daniels No 7 was the first Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
Jack Daniels No 7 was the first Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey

Jack Daniels Lynchburg TN

  • Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey Old No 7 earned its first gold medal at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. 
  • On the first Friday of every month, every employee at Jack Daniels gets a free Jack Daniels bottle of whiskey!
  • All Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey sold anywhere in the world is made at Jack Daniels in Tennessee!
  • The Frank Sinatra Jack Daniels love affair was well known.  In fact, Frank Sinatra loved his Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey so much he was buried with a bottle of No. 7!
  • The Jack Daniels company actually sold beer from 1992 to 1998.  
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A statue of Mr. Jack stands in front of the limestone spring water
A statue of Mr. Jack stands in front of the limestone spring water which is an essential part of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey.

Mr. Jack the Legend

  • Jack Daniels the man was a bit of a prodigy.  He left home at the age of 6 to make his own way in the world and bought his whiskey distillery around the age of 13! At the age of 16, he registers  Jack Daniels as the first registered distillery in the USA.
  • Mr. Jack was taught the mysteries of whiskey distilling by an enslaved man, Nearest Green. He would have been the first master distiller of the company. 
  • Mr. Jack was quite the dapper dresser – possibly to mask the fact that he was only 5’2’’ tall!
  • Mr. Jack never married but he had many female friends. 
  • Mr. Jack died from a series of complications that arose from when he kicked his safe in frustration which lead to a grangrenous toe and an amputated leg.  
The killer safe that done Mr. Jack in is still at Jack Daniels Lynchburg TN
The killer safe that done Mr. Jack in is still at Jack Daniels Lynchburg TN

Lynchburg Tennessee Things To Do

If you want to stretch your legs and walk off some of that whiskey, there are a handful of Lynchburg Tennessee things to do that you may find entertaining. There’s a little gem of a jail museum, great places to eat lunch and plenty of opportunities for souvenir shopping.

The path to downtown Lynchburg is clearly marked from the Jack Daniels distelleryLynhburg Tennessee
The path to downtown Lynchburg is clearly marked from the Jack Daniels distelleryLynhburg Tennessee

Downtown Lynchburg

Downtown Lynchburg is a charming small town just a short walk from the Jack Daniels Distillery and totally worth a visit.

A sign found in downtown Lynchburg Tennessee
A sign found in downtown Lynchburg Tennessee

Moore County Jail Museum

The Moore County Jail Museum is a small jail converted into a museum in downtown Lynchburg.  This jail was operationally as recently as 1990!

For the admission donation of a mere $1, you can see how small town justice worked in the old days. The museum operator was actually a former deputy sheriff who was a wealth of information.

The Moore County Jail Museum is run by a former deputy sheriff.
The Moore County Jail Museum is run by a former deputy sheriff.

When asked what sort of trouble you could have in this small town, the deputy sheriff had lots of stories. For a small town, there was a lot of trouble (including murders) because people would get drunk on hootch and go crazy. 

Trivia! There was actually a child born at the Moore County Jail. The sheriff at the time had jailed a pregnant lady who had slapped him. She promptly went into labor at the jail. 

The building is small and the families of the sheriff lived in the front of the building. The sheriff’s wife was the chef and made meals for everyone. 

The beds in the Moore County Jail may have been uncomfortable but at least the meals were home-cooked!
The beds in the Moore County Jail may have been uncomfortable but at least the meals were home-cooked!

Lynchburg Tennessee Attractions

The main Lynchburg Tennessee Attractions seem to revolve around shopping.  

Among the Lynchburg Tennessee attractions is an old-fashioned candy store
Among the Lynchburg Tennessee attractions is an old-fashioned candy store
  • Velma’s candy store is a charming old-fashioned candy store
  • The Moonpie General Store is a good introduction to moon pies and other Southern food specialties.
  • There are several general, gift and antique stores which could easily serve as a black hole for browsers.

Downtown Lynchburg is as good an introduction to Southern culture as any. In the back streets of Lynchburg I saw the Confederate flag flying proudly. 

Downtown Lynchburg signs and store fronts.
Downtown Lynchburg signs and store fronts.

Lynchburg Tennessee Restaurants

The Barrelhouse BBQ is a charming local downtown Lynchburg restaurant recommended to me. You ate on barrels and the food was great. I had a grilled cheese sandwich with a difference – pulled pork and Monterey jack – and it was delicious! 

Barrelhouse BBQ is one of a handful of downtown Lynchburg restaurants
Barrelhouse BBQ is one of a handful of downtown Lynchburg restaurants

If you want something fancier, then try Miss Mary Bobo’s which has been around so long that even Mr. Jack used to frequent the establishment. You need to make reservations to eat here. 

Jack Daniels Merchandise

For Jack Daniels merchandise visit the Lynchburg Hardware General store. With everything Jack Daniels branded from clothes to Christmas ornaments, it’s hard to leave this store without treating yourself to at least one piece of  Jack Daniels merchandise.

The general store in downtown Lynchburg is where you can buy Jack Daniels merchandise
The general store in downtown Lynchburg is where you can buy Jack Daniels merchandise
Useful Addresses for Lynchburg TN
  • Jack Daniels Distillery Tours – 133 Lynchburg Highway
  • Moore County Jail Museum – 10 Mechanic Street
  • Miss Mary Bobo’s – 295 Main Street
  • Barrelhouse BBQ – 105 S. Mechanic Street
  • Velma’s Candy – 14 Short St
  • Lynchburg Hardware General Store – 51 Mechanic Street

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We received a complimentary ticket to the Jack Daniels Distillery Tour courtesy of Jack Daniels in Lynchburg TN  but the opinions contained in this review are entirely my own.

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