You have to want to visit Jack Daniel’s. The distillery sits in a hollow in the tiny town of Lynchburg, in the middle of the middle of Tennessee. There are no interstates that go to Lynchburg, no railroads. Just two-lane roads winding through farms. But make the trek and you’ll be able to explore a 2,000 acre complex, immersing yourself in the Jack Daniel’s experience, from seeing the spring where the water is sourced to eating lunch in the former boarding house where the historical figures of the distillery once lived. We were able to take a tour, sampling whiskey straight from the barrel and tasting expressions in a brand new tasting room. And we took pictures. Check out the gallery.
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Jack Daniel's makes every aspect of their whiskey themselves, from the barrels its aged in to the charcoal it's filtered through. Here, a stack of maple burns. In two to three hours, it'll be charcoal.
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They use whiskey, straight out of the still to start the fires.
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All of the water for Jack Daniel's portfolio comes from two massive springs inside limestone caves on the property.
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Jack Daniel was only 5'2" with a size four shoe.
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A fire ravaged Lynchburg and this building, Jack Daniel's office, was the only building on the property to survive.
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Jack was trying to get into this safe early one morning. He kicked it and broke his toe, which got infected and had to be amputated. The infection spread anyway and eventually took his life at the age of 61.
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What sets Jack Daniel's apart from bourbon is the charcoal filtering, where the whiskey is passed through 10 feet of charcoal over three days. The building is simply called "Mellowing."
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Massive 13-foot tall columns are used to hold the charcoal for mellowing.
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These metal buildings don't look like much, but this is where the whiskey is aged. Each barrel house holds about 20,000 barrels. There are more than 80 barrel houses.