Uncle Jack

Jack Daniels Distillery

In the farmlands of rural USA, we found ourselves in a place that doesn’t sell any liquor. Since prohibition times, 1910 this county has not had the sale of liquor. Thank goodness we were told this by the people in the previous place we stayed at, so we were well prepared. Checking into the old farmhouse that was built in 1910, it had a wonderful home feel to it and the other guests welcomed us and wanted to know where we came from and where we are going.

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We slept so well! The breakfast was outstanging… No Gritts! Eggs and Bacon, thank goodness!! Gritts… that is a corn mixture and is a bit like Millie Pap but very soft. Yuk! We planned to go to 2 distilleries today. Jack Daniels and then George Dickle. We got to the JD Distillery and we were told that we cannot take any pictures inside because of the fumes… Very nice smelling fumes they were.

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So we got a history tour of JD and Uncle Jack himself. He started making whiskey when he was 13 years old. I am sure it was moonshine! 🙂 He was one of 13 children and was never married. He was the first person to open a official registered distillery. this is why one of the buildings has a 1 on the wall. The reason for the square bottles was because he wanted to convey fairness and integrity.

The “Old No 7” brand name was assigned to the distillery for Government registration due to the district. The district lines were re drawn  later and the 7 changed to 16 but they chose to stick with the Old 7 as it was already known. When he died, his Nephew took over. He was a very clever man and  when the county became dry he moved the distillery all over until prohibition became law in  1910. He went into politics and came Tennessee state senator and got the law changed so that they could brew the whiskey 1938 so it was a long wait to get things back on track again.

It was a very interesting tour and the next distillery was was just as old. We didn’t do that tour however.

Next stop… Washington DC!