Jack Daniels Whiskey from Tennessee
Jack Daniels Whiskey • 40% alcohol by volume [80 proof] • Distilled and Bottled by Jack Daniel Distillery, Route 1, Lynchburg [Pop. 361], Tennessee 37352, USA.
Lynchburg is the seat of Moore County, Tennessee's smallest county.
Even though it's been home to the distillery since before Jack Daniels received his license back in 1866, it is a dry county and has been so ever since Prohibition.
Jack Daniels Whiskey is often referred to as a bourbon, but it's actually quite different.
Jack Daniels Whiskey is charcoal mellowed.
What that means is that the Whiskey is slowly dripped through giant containers, hard-packed with 10 feet of sugar maple charcoal. The process takes ten days, and during this time the whiskey absorbs the essence of the charcoal, refining the spirit and giving it a unique flavor and aroma.
Whiskey-barells are assembled from American White Oak, and that's because American White Oak just happens to have the right combination of compounds to create the tastiest whiskey.
These compounds, referred to as such because they have really confusing names, are exposed when the insides of the barrels are charred by open flame.
As the Jack Daniels Whiskey ages inside the barrel, the wood contracts and expands with changes in the surrounding climate.
The whiskey is allowed to move in and out of the wood as this happens, and the exposed compounds mix with the whiskey. The mixing gives the whiskey a smoky flavor and an amber tint.
The Famous Square Bottle
1866 Jack Daniels first bottled his Whiskey in earthenware jugs with a cork stopper.
By the late 1870's he bottled his Whiskey in a glass bottle, but by 1895 he came accross the then unique square bottle, which is now the trade mark for the Famous Tennessee Whiskey to this day.
Even today Jack Daniels continues to offer unique examples of decorative earthenware decanter bottles which have become very collectable.
Jack Daniels was born in 1850 and was one of 13 children. Jack started work at the tender age of 7 years old, and learned a tremendous amount about how to make whiskey.
In 1863 his step father sold Jack his Whiskey still Jack Daniel at the age of 13.
Jack believed in the mellowing process, even though it added time and cost in the making of his whiskey, it actually stood him apart as producing a product of quality. But Jack thought it was essential, so he perfected his charcoal mellowing process back in 1866.
To this day, this still gives Jack Daniels Whiskey its smooth character and unique taste.
In anticipation of government taxes, Jack Daniel's registered his distillery in 1866. He was the first to do so, making it the nation's oldest registered distillery.
In 1904 Jack Daniels entered his Old No. 7 Tennessee sipping whiskey at the World's Fair held in St. Louis, Missouri. Of the 20 whiskeys from around the world, his was the only one awarded the World's Fair Gold Medal and honored as the world's best whiskey. And so his fame was born.
The Jack Daniels Distillery
is one of the most famous distilleries in America and is well worth a visit.
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2006 Tasting Notes
On Jack Daniel's Whiskey Old No 7 Brand, he says it's thick, oily, smoky, dense, corn syrupy. It's Jack Daniels. In his words it's typically JD and "you can't beat roughing it a little"
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