Monday, March 30, 2009

Old #7

David had some vacation time he needed to use, so we decided to take a short trip to Nashville to visit family for the weekend. We headed up there on Thursday morning and stopped in Lynchburg, TN to visit the Jack Daniels Distillery.

As close friends know, I am a good friend of Mr. JD, especially with JD and Coke or JD Down home Punch. Though, it has been a few months since I have enjoyed the company of the Old #7. I definitely got my fill on the tour.

Seriously, hands down one of the best tours you could possibly take and the best part is it’s absolutely free! Even if you are not into alcohol beverages, the history behind Jack Daniels if very interesting. So if you are in the area I would recommend you to stop by. You pay nothing to get in and it own takes about 1 and ½ of your time. The landscape of the town & distillery are enough reason to stop. The funniest part of the whole thing is that the Jack Daniels Distillery is located in a dry county so you cannot buy any alcohol in the county it’s made in. We didn’t get a taste (not that I would have taken one) but we did get a good whiff of it a few times. That will satisfy me for the next five months. I took a ton of pictures but there were a few areas that you were not allowed to have the flash on, so those might be a little blurry.

The lady in the front is our tour guide Bette. She was awesome. She seriously knew every answer to any question we had.

You can buy your own barrel of Jack Daniels for about $9,000. They remove the whiskey, bottle it and put a plaque with your name on top of the barrel. Plus, you get your name on the wall at the Jack Daniels Distillery for everyone to see. You would be surprised to see how many names were on that wall.

This building was used as the Jack Daniels Whiskey office building up until the 1950's

David & I with Mr. Jack Daniels himself. In real life he only stood at 5'2. They gave him a few extra inches in the statue. He was a very small man.

This is where all the water used to make Jack Daniels comes from and has over 150 years.

There is 13.5 million dollars in federal taxes sitting in this one warehouse alone. They have 77 other warehouses sitting in the county with the same amount of whiskey.

I think the old man won.

It's a barrel shop which sells, you guessed it...barrels.

1 comment:

The Glover Family said...

Cool. A couple of years ago we took a trip to Kentucky and we visited the home of Makers Mark Bourbon. It was very similiar. I got to dip my own botle in the red wax.