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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey Distillery

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Distillery History


Established in the 1830s and registered by Jack Daniel in 1866, the Jack Daniel Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places


In 1956, the Jack Daniel Distillery was purchased by Brown-Forman Corporation of Louisville, Ky.  Brown-Forman, founded in 1870, is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality consumer products.


Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whisky


Jack Daniel’s is not a bourbon.  While it has some of the same characteristics as bourbon, it falls in a distinctive product classification called Tennessee Whiskey.  Like bourbon, however, it’s strictly a product of the United States...and more specifically, the hills of Tennessee.


The production of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey begins with the careful selection of the finest corn, rye and barley malt.  These choice grains are mixed with the water from the cave spring to form a fermentable mixture called “mash.”  Jack Daniel’s is made by the old “sour mash process.”  Of course, there is nothing really “sour” about Sour Mash Whiskey. It is called  sour mash because the distiller uses part of the previous day’s mash to start the fermentation in each new batch.  Therefore, all of the mash is “related.”  The end result of the fermentation process is “stiller’s beer,” which is sent on to the still for distillation.


If Jack Daniel’s were to be placed in a barrel and aged immediately after distillation, it would classified as a bourbon.  


However, that is not the case.  The whiskey is trickled very slowly

through 10 feet of hard maple charcoal, right after distillation.  It's this extra step in the whiskey-making process that makes Jack Daniel’s more than a bourbon...and provides the special character known only to Tennessee Whiskey.  This mellowing process is accomplished by the use of hard maple charcoal that is produced in a very special and traditional way.


In the fall of the year, when the sap is down, They cut hard maple trees from high ground.  The logs are aged for a year, sawed into slats and carefully stacked into ricks.  The ricks are burned in the open air to produce a pure charcoal, which is ground up and tightly packed in the mellowing vats.


Following the charcoal-mellowing process, Jack Daniel’s is placed into charred white oak barrels for storage and aging in their warehouses.  As the whiskey ages, the extreme temperature changes of the passing seasons cause the whiskey and barrels to expand and contract, driving the whiskey deeper into and out of the wood of the barrel each year.  Hot summers age whiskey faster than cool ones.  


At Jack Daniel’s they have found the optimum aging to be between four and six years.  Maturity, therefore, is a matter of judgment...taste

judgment...and not a matter of counting days, months or even years.


The Jack Daniel Distillery bottlings

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Brand Tennessee Whiskey (Black Label)


Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey


Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey is a 94-proof single barrel Tennessee Whiskey with a robust, full-bodied flavor complemented by Jack Daniel’s smooth charcoal-mellowed character.


Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey was introduced to select U.S. markets  February 1997 and to Germany later that year.  In 1998, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey became available in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.


Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey is the world’s only charcoal-mellowed single barrel Tennessee whiskey.


ORIGIN: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey is hand-crafted, distilled, aged and bottled at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg (pop. 361), Tennessee.  Officially registered in 1866 by Jack Daniel himself, the Jack Daniel Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the United States.


CRAFTING: The bold, full-bodied taste of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey -- toasted oak flavor and intense vanilla and caramel essences -- is the work of craftsmen with a singular devotion to old-time whiskey- making.  After the spirit is charcoal mellowed, each barrel of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel is aged in selected areas of the warehouses where the whiskey’s color and taste deepen and mature an extra measure during the changing Tennessee seasons.


To mark its distinctive nature, each bottle is hand-labeled with its rick, barrel number and individual bottling date -- signifying the distinct taste profile of the whiskey from a single barrel.

Jack Daniel's Visitor Center

Lynchburg, Tennessee, USA 37352


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