Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey Tour – Lynchburg, TN

On a trip to Tennessee in February 2013, we met up with some friends and decided to do the tour at Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg.  We had a blast and learned a lot about the distilling process. For those of you who don’t know, Jack Daniels is the top selling American whiskey in the world, owned and by the Brown-Forman Corporation since 1956.  An interesting note, is that despite being the location of a major operational distillery, Jack Daniels home county of Moore is a dry county, so the product is not available for consumption at stores or restaurants within the county. Crazy huh?

Jack Daniels Tour Center 1During our tour we learned that the mash for Jack Daniels is made from corn, rye and malted barley, and is distilled in copper stills. It is then filtered through 10-foot stacks of sugar maple charcoal. The company refers to this filtering step as “mellowing”. This extra step, known as the Lincoln County Process, removes impurities and the taste of corn. They state that this extra step makes the product different from bourbon.

However, Tennessee whiskey is required to be “a straight Bourbon Whiskey” under terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement and Canadian law. Anyway, after the filtering, the whiskey is stored in newly handcrafted oak barrels, which give the whiskey its color and most of its flavor. A unique aspect of the filtering process is that the Jack Daniels brand grinds its charcoal before using it for filtering. We all thought that was kind of interesting.

The product label mentions that it is a “sour mash” whiskey, which means that when the mash is prepared, some of the wet solids from a previously used batch are mixed in to help make the fermentation process operate more consistently. They stated that this is common practice in American whiskey production.

After being used for the aging of Jack Daniels whiskey, many barrels go to Scotland to be used in the production of Scotch whisky or leased from Glenmorangie distillery. Some of the barrels are sold to McIlhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana, for production of Tabasco sauce, Mount Gay Rum company of Barbados, and Appleton Estate of Jamaica for use in the aging process of their distinctively flavored drums.

Jack-Daniels-Tour-Outside-2Some barrels are also cut in half and shipped to Lowe’s Home Centers to be used as planter pots. Apparently, the barrels retain the whiskey smell for some time after arriving there and must be watered every couple of days to keep them intact before they are sold and filled with soil. Sounds like a pain, but nice to see they aren’t being wasted.

Jack-Daniels-Tour-Outside-1We really enjoyed our tour which was mostly outside and we were afraid they were going to cancel it because it started snowing. It was cold but we kept popping in and out of different barns and shacks that it wasn’t too bad. It was actually a little warm in some of them so the cold air felt good (at least for a little while).

Jack-Daniels-FriendsI am not a huge whiskey drinker (except Fireball, lol) but I found it interesting to learn some of the labels Jack Daniels has used through the years.

  • Old No. 7: Also known as Black Label, this is the original Jack Daniels (80 proof/40% ABV)
  • Gentleman Jack: Charcoal filtered twice, compared to once with Old No. 7 (80 proof/40% ABV).
  • Single Barrel: Whiskey sourced from a single barrel in the company’s warehouse (94 proof/47% ABV).
  • Tennessee Honey: Honey liqueur blended with less than 20% whiskey (70 proof/35% ABV).
  • Tennessee Fire: Cinnamon liqueur blended with less than 20% whiskey (70 proof/35% ABV).
  • Green Label: A lighter-bodied bottling of Old No. 7, not available everywhere (80 proof/40% ABV).
  • Silver Select: For export only (100 proof/50% ABV).
  • Winter Jack: Seasonal blend of apple cider liqueur and spices (30 proof/15% ABV).
  • 27 Gold: Limited release (80 proof/40% ABV)
  • Sinatra Select: Tribute to Jack’s biggest fan: Mr. Frank Sinatra(90 proof / 45% ABV)
  • Sinatra Century: Honors the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra (100 proof / 50% ABV); Limited Edition
  • Single Barrel Barrel Proof(125 – 140 proof / 62.5 – 70% ABV, depending on the bottle you get)
  • Single Barrel Rye: a permanent line extension and the brand’s first fully matured rye whiskey, launched 2016 (94 proof/47% ABV)

Jack-Daniels-CarsThe only negative thing I could say about the Jack Daniels Distillery tour experience was that we had to wait almost 2 hours for a tour. We wanted to get our ticket and then go grab lunch but they told us we had to wait inside or out front. I kept thinking we could have had two or three lunches while we were waiting, lol. Oh well, it was a great tour and one I am glad we experienced. While looking around the visitor center I learned that the building was dedicated on June 26, 2000.

Jack Daniels TicketMy best suggestion is to get there as early as possible. It seems to be a very popular attraction. Tours run daily and last about an hour and 10 mins. There is quite a bit of walking so wear some good shoes 🙂  For more info and directions, check out their website. Hope you enjoy the tour. If you like whiskey,  you may want to check out my post on Backwards Distillery in Casper, Wyoming. It was also a great tour.

Jack Daniels Visitor Information


133 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN 37352




Dry County Distillery Tour

This tour offers an informative, behind-the-scenes glimpse into Jack’s whiskey-making process, and is overflowing with distillery stories.

  • Tour duration: 1 hour, 10 min.
  • $15 Adults (18 and over)
  • $7 Youth (10-17)
  • Free Children (0-9)
  • Sales tax and fees included
  • Military (18+) and Senior (65+) discounts are available
  • Tours offered Monday-Sunday 9 AM to 4:30 PM CST
  • Tours are offered every 15 minutes and more often as needed
  • Open to all ages; no whiskey sample
  • Maximum of 25 per tour
  • Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday

The Flight of Jack Daniels Tour

This tour ends with a memorable stop at our historic Barrel House 1-14. Here, you’ll linger over and sip five of our most popular whiskeys and liqueurs.

  • Tour duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes (sampling time included)
  • $25 Adults (must be 18+ to tour)
  • Must bring valid photo ID: 18+ to take a tour; only 21+ may sample
  • Sales tax included in the fee
  • Military (18+) and Senior (65+) discount applicable with ID
  • Tours offered Monday-Saturday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM CST and Sunday 11 AM to 4:30 PM CST
  • For those 21+ the tour includes a sample of 5 Jack Daniel whiskeys: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Gentleman Jack, and Jack Daniel’s Rye
  • Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday

The Angel’s ShareTour

On this tour you’ll be treated to a story-filled, guided walk through the Jack Daniel Distillery with a sample of several expressions from their Single Barrel Collection and two limited edition whiskeys.

  • Tour duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes (sampling time included)
  • $30 Adults (18+)
  • Must be 21+ to make a reservation online
  • Sales tax and fees included
  • Military (18+) and Senior (65+) discounts are available
  • Must bring valid, photo ID, 18-20 may take a tour; only 21+ may sample
  • Tours offered Monday–Saturday 9:45 AM to 4:30 PM CST and Sunday 11:15 AM to 4:30 PM CST
  • For those 21+ sampling of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye & Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Gold 27
  • Maximum of 24 per tour
  • Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday

The Taste of Lynchburg Tour

This two-course experience includes the standard tour of our distillery and whiskey tasting, as well as a down-home meal at Miss Mary Bobo’s.

  • $125 Adults (21+)
  • Sales tax and fees included
  • This special tour is offered Friday and Saturday, 9:15 AM and 1 PM; check-in 30 minutes before the tour
  • Includes lunch with the guide at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant
  • Includes Angel’s Share Distillery Tour
  • For those 21+ the tour includes a sample of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select, and Gold 27
  • Includes special gift to commemorate the visit
  • Includes transportation from the visitors center to Miss Mary Bobo’s for lunch
  • Maximum of 12 per tour
  • Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday
  • No discounts apply

Rules for Tours:

  • Bags are not permitted on tours. Bags include backpacks, purses, and camera bags. Clutches, fanny packs, and wallets are allowed.
  • Cameras and cell phones are permitted on tours; however, the use of these devices is restricted in certain areas of the tour. NOTE: No professional photography without prior written permission.
  • Service animals are welcome at the Distillery; however, they must be restrained at all times.
  • The Jack Daniel Distillery and Visitors’ Center is a smoke-free facility. This includes smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vapor devices. Smoking is not permitted on tours.
  • Weapons of any kind are not permitted inside the Visitors’ Center or on the Distillery tour.
  • Tours may be delayed due to inclement weather.


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