No visit to Tennessee is complete unless you stop in Lynchburg and take a tour of the Jack Daniel Distillery – even if you don’t drink whiskey!
This free, hour long tour gives you an up close and personal look into the history of this dry county’s thriving distillery. (What is a dry county? It’s a county where the sales of alcoholic beverages are forbidden. Rather an oxymoron isn’t it…a dry county producing spirits it can’t sell.)
Here’s a sample of what you’ll learn on the tour:
- Moore County, home to the Jack Daniel Distillery, has been dry since Prohibition. With a population of approximately 5,000, the county is the smallest in Tennessee and doesn’t have enough people living in it to hold a vote to reverse this. (In Tennessee, a county must have a population of at least 7,500 people in order to pass/change laws.) The Jack Daniel’s company petitioned the state for a special permit to allow the sale of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey souvenir bottles to be sold in the Visitor Center gift shop.
- Distillery attendance is perfect on the first Friday of the month as all employees get a bonus: a 750 mL bottle of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7.
- Each Jack Daniel whiskey barrel is used only once then sold. These used barrels sell for close to $300. (Want to see a unique way a barrel was used – check out this video.)
There’s more I could tell you, but that would spoil your visit. Check out our Pinterest board to see more of our pictures from the tour. Please keep in mind cameras aren’t allowed in all areas of the distillery, so for the full experience, you’ll need to visit yourself.
Are you a fan of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey? (If you’re interested in trying it, but not sure what to mix it with, try these recipes from the Jack Daniel’s website.) If not, what’s your favorite mixed drink?