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the front of the visitor center
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Jack Daniel’s Distillery

182 Lynchburg Highway Lynchburg, Tennessee 37352
Tours are offered daily from 9:00am-4:30pm.
931-759-6357 2 hours
August 2012 Summer, Fall, Spring
$0-19 Lynchburg Tennessee
Website Food/Drinks Distilleries
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The Jack Daniel Distillery is home to the world famous Jack Daniel’s brands of whiskey. The distillery was established shortly after the Civil War and according to the company is the oldest registered distillery in the US. The basic tour takes about an hour and visits several production areas. A longer sampling tour also is offered for a fee and includes whiskey tasting. The sampling tour can sell out so come early if you want to take it.

After losing both parents at a young age, Jack Daniel lived with a local minister who owned a still and taught Daniel the whiskey making process. Daniel later purchased the still and grew the business. He never had children but brought a nephew into the business to help run it. In 1911 Daniel kicked a safe out of frustration, which led to an infection in his foot and eventual blood poisoning which killed him. His nephew managed the business thereafter. It was sold to Brown-Forman Corporation in 1956.

The visitor center opened in 1999. It had a polished appearance and was spacious enough to hold plenty of people, which is a good thing because there were plenty of people waiting for a tour during a visit in August. The center had moderately interesting displays on the distillation process and a short overview film as well. The tour guide was pleasant, and while the basic tour was a bit rushed, it had enough content and facility visits to provide a decent perspective of how whiskey is made here. The walking tour started with a group photo at a barrel making area and then continued to a natural springs and an office that Jack Daniel used. Pictures were not permitted in the distillery facilities, but they were just regular production areas. Also, the smell of fermentation was more distinctive than its appearance. Jack Daniel's popularity is clearly a big draw for many people. While the tour could have been more insightful, it was interesting enough to merit a visit when in the area. It will have little appeal for kids though.
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