One of our favorite area gems is The Jack Daniel Distillery located in Lynchburg TN. Over the last few years there have been some changes. You see, the distillery is located in a dry county. Ironic, huh? Years ago you couldn’t sample the legendary whiskey, but Ole Jack has worked out a deal so they now have sampling tours. You can even purchase alcohol if:
- You go on an official tour through the distillery.
- You are an employee and are the recipient of Good Friday each month (I’ll explain that later).
- If you purchase something from the on-site White Rabbit Saloon to take home with you.
Now whether you like whiskey or not, you will love the cozy town of Lynchburg and it’s people. And you will be entertained by the friendly, fun, and informative tour guides that lead you through the magical history and beautiful grounds of this iconic facility.
If you aren’t a drinker, you can take the Dry County Tour ($14 at our most recent visit) or if you want to sample a little of Jack’s stuff, but aren’t really a whiskey connoisseur, the Flight of Jack Daniel’s Tour ($20) is a great option for you.
If you really know your whiskey, The Angel’s Share Tour ($25) is for you. You not only get an in depth look at the whiskey making process, you also get to taste five single barrel pours while relaxing in an amazing barrel room.
Now…for those who really love their Jack and want the ULTIMATE experience, The Taste of Lynchburg is the cat’s meow! For $100 you get a three hour experience, which includes a storyteller- led tour, The Angel’s Share tastings and lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s (the food here alone is worth the tour cost)!
I do recommend you make tour reservations in advance. There can be a wait of several hours as Ole Jack can be a popular place. Purses and backpacks aren’t allowed in, so stuff your money and ID in your pockets before heading in, or there are lockers on site to store your things in if you wish. Cameras are allowed and encouraged!
The tours themselves are amazing. From the history of the area, to the spring that feeds the whiskey, to the process of manufacturing such a product, you won’t be sorry you visited. It is a true behind the scenes look at every step of the process.
- Jasper “Jack” Daniel died of gangrene in 1911, supposedly after kicking his safe and breaking his toe. You will see his former office and the safe that ultimately took his life.
- “Good Friday” is a monthly holiday among employees of Jack Daniel. This dates back decades, and one Friday each month, each employee gets a bottle of Old No. 7 to take home with them.
- Jack Daniels has 90 seven-story barrel houses, each of which stores 1 million gallons of whiskey.
There’s not much to do in Lynchburg itself, so after your tour, lunch and a little exploring on the square, it’s time to head back to Tims Ford Lake for some more fun on the water! Stay safe friends, and enjoy all that Tennessee has to offer! We’ll see you on the lake!
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