Sure, other companies make whiskey, but making Tennessee whiskey is pretty unique in itself, and the production is one the folks at Lynchburg have mastered. Plus, you can't visit Tennessee without some Tennessee whiskey.
Some say the taste of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey comes from the local, iron-free waters and hard sugar maple charcoal filtering. But once you've visited Lynchburg, you will know that there's another special ingredient in every bottle of this southern whiskey. It's the touch of the residents of Lynchburg.
The town of Lynchburg and its residents are so intertwined with the Jack Daniel's Distillery that it's commonplace for families to have a history of several generations of ancestors to have had worked at the distillery. It's become a family tradition in this part of Tennessee.
The population of Lynchburg is less than 500, usually around 350. And Moore County, the smallest county in Tennessee, has a population just under 6,000.
Overall, Lynchburg is a small, quaint, slow-paced town that offers a ton of southern hospitality. Lynchburg is a one-stoplight town and that's part of its charm.
You will find an example of a Tennessee historic town square and a 100-year-old courthouse in the middle of town, which provides visitors with an afternoon of antique shopping, country dining and relaxation.
Tour the Jack Daniels Distillery
The Jack Daniels Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the United States but ironically, Moore County is a still a dry county, which means that no alcoholic beverages are allowed to be sold here.
So you won't find any bars in town selling alcoholic drinks and this includes the hometown favorite.
Still, visitors to Lynchburg can find and purchase plenty of other great goodies, from candy to cakes, made with hints of Jack Daniels Whiskey.
If you want to get your hands on a bottle Jack Daniels Whiskey when visiting Lynchburg, the distillery tours currently do allow visitors (only) to purchase bottles of whiskey on site to take home with them.
More Details About the Distillery
- The Jack Daniels Distillery and Lynchburg are just over an hour drive south of Nashville. If you don't feel like driving, there are tour bus companies in Nashville that offer seasonal tours several times a week to the distillery.
- There are plenty of great southern and American restaurants in Lynchburg. Although most are walk-in, a few like Miss Mary Bobo's do require reservations so make sure to plan ahead.
- If you plan on staying a few days to explore Lynchburg, there are numerous overnight accommodations nearby, including hotels and B&Bs. Most require reservations.
Learn About Jack Daniels
Was Jack Daniels a real person?
Yes, Jasper Newton Daniel stood just over five feet tall and began making whiskey at the ripe age of 13 for a Lutheran minister.
Daniel died of gangrene, after kicking his safe, on Oct. 10, 1911. No one knows his actual birth date but locals celebrate it every year in September.
Who is Lem Motlow?
Jack Daniels didn't have any children so the distillery was passed down to his nephew, Lem Motlow, whose name still appears on the Jack Daniels Whiskey labels.
How many different types of whiskey are made at the distillery?
While Jack Daniels offers a variety of various country cocktails, there are currently only four brands of whiskey produced at the distillery and they include:
- Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Black Label
- Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Green Label
- Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey
- Jack Daniels Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey
How much alcohol is in Jack Daniel's Whiskey?
Jack Daniel's Whiskey is 40 percent alcohol by volume and 80 proof.
What is Old No. 7?
While Old No. 7 is situated prominently on the Jack Daniel's Whiskey label, no one has a clue as to what it really means. There are several different legends that surround the history of Old No. 7, from it being a batch number that Jack Daniels used, a train number that the whiskey was shipped on, to just a lucky number that he chose.
What is the recipe for Jack Daniels Whiskey?
Now that's a really big secret, but we do know that the main ingredients include corn, rye, barley, malt and, of course, the special cave waters. The distillery also uses a hard maple charcoal filtering system and stores the whiskey in charred white oak barrels.
How much does it cost to tour the Jack Daniel's Distillery?
Tours of the Jack Daniel Distillery are free. The distillery walking tour takes about one hour to complete and is held every day from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
What is BBQ Hill?
Barbecue Hill is an open-air pavilion that offers a spectacular view of the Jack Daniel's Hollow and the town of Lynchburg. BBQ Hill usually caters to private functions by companies or organizations for 50 or more people. On occasion, the people at Jack Daniels will also open it up to the public for special events, like their Noon Time Barbecues that include music, dining and more.