As anybody who just moved to Tennessee, one of the first things you think about doing is taking a trip to Lynchburg to browse the legendary home that belonged to Jasper Newton Daniel, or, as the word knows him, Jack Daniel.
It was a cool, drizzly morning in Nashville when we began the trip. The rain made the air outside extremely crisp. It absolutely felt like fall. The drive took about an hour and a half with no stops. You know you’re getitng into Lynchburg after you hit an area in the middle of nowhere with little cell reception.
The distillery is absolutely beautiful, and makes up pretty much the entire city of Lynchburg. There are a few places to check out in their downtown area, but for the most part, the town is the distillery. Picture a Hallmark movie setting with a lot of whiskey and you’ve pretty much seen the town.
The Angel Share Tour includes a storytelling of the facility, including checking out the home that Jasper grew up in, which also houses the safe that further led him to contract sepsis. Story goes that he was frustrated that he couldn’t remember its combination, kicked it and got an infection.
Right before you go into the area where the whiskey runs through charcoal, you get to see additional scenery up close. It was gorgeous. Maybe it was the weather that made everything so much more aesthetically appealing, but it truly felt like we were in the setting for a movie. Because the facility relies heavily on charcoal, there are pieces of property and foliage that have traces of the matter. One of the buildings had a smoky black layer covering most of its side, and there was also a tree with a black trunk sitting in the middle. It was slightly macabre and extremely beautiful.
It was a little overwhelming taking a tour of a facility that single-handedly changed whsikey in America, and all over the world.
Jack Daniels is only made in Lynchburg and is sold in over 100 countries. I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
I absolutely recommend that yout ake this tour if ever you find yourself in Middle Tennessee. There are a number of tour operators that will drive you to the facility and back by bus, and even allow you to drink on the way (just don’t get rowdy because they WILL kick you off).
That legendary black label is worthy of every bit of its status.