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Posted in Gift Ideas, Recipes, Theme Vacations, Travel, Uncategorized, What's Up With Maria, on 7 January 2014, by , 24 Comments

Distillery SignNo visit to Tennessee is complete unless you stop in Lynchburg and take a tour of the Jack Daniel Distillery – even if you don’t drink whiskey!

This free, hour long tour gives you an up close and personal look into the history of this dry county’s thriving distillery. (What is a dry county?  It’s a county where the sales of alcoholic beverages are forbidden. Rather an oxymoron isn’t it…a dry county producing spirits it can’t sell.)

Here’s a sample of what you’ll learn on the tour:

  • Moore County, home to the Jack Daniel Distillery, has beenJack Daniel dry since Prohibition. With a population of approximately 5,000, the county is the smallest in Tennessee and doesn’t have enough people living in it to hold a vote to reverse this. (In Tennessee, a county must have a population of at least 7,500 people in order to pass/change laws.) The Jack Daniel’s company petitioned the state for a special permit to allow the sale of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey souvenir bottles to be sold in the Visitor Center gift shop.
  • Distillery attendance is perfect on the first Friday of the month as all employees get a bonus:  a 750 mL bottle of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7.
  • Each Jack Daniel whiskey barrel is used only once then sold. These used barrels sell for close to $300. (Want to see a unique way a barrel was used – check out this video.)

There’s more I could tell you, but that would spoil your visit. Check out our Pinterest board to see more of our pictures from the tour. Please keep in mind cameras aren’t allowed in all areas of the distillery, so for the full experience, you’ll need to visit yourself.

Are you a fan of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey? (If you’re interested in trying it, but not sure what to mix it with, try these recipes from the Jack Daniel’s website.) If not, what’s your favorite mixed drink?


  1. Heather

    Oh how fun! I don’t ‘drink it anymore much, but I used it, but DANG is it great in cooking! Ever had Jack Daniel’s sauce before? SOOO good!

  2. Kristen Wilson

    Wow, that was interesting Maria. I haven’t been able to hit that… or the Tail of the Dragon and I lived in VA (14 hours away, not that close, but still). Funny story, I picked my Nascar Driver by this sponsor 07, Clint Boyer and the poor chap got signed by Cheerios. How do you go from JD to Cheerios? lol Great post, thanks for sharing!

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