This piece was originally published at a great read of a website called TunefulTravel.com. The lady behind it has a passion for music and travel and it comes through in her immersive stories one of which I’ve teased below.
The Jack Daniel’s Distillery, located in Lynchburg, Tennessee, only 46 miles (74 km) from Huntsville, Alabama and 74 miles (119 km) from Nashville, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States. On its hilly tree-covered grounds—in a dry county, no less, which prohibits most sales of alcohol—you’ll find an informative museum where you can sign up for tours that take you through the entire Tennessee whiskey making process, ending with an opportunity to sample variations of the smooth whiskey itself.
As maker of the top-selling whiskey in the world—Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey—the distillery uses special processes such as charcoal mellowing to give its whiskey a distinctive flavor. But, as I learned firsthand on a recent tour led by Assistant Master Distiller Chris Fletcher, there are some things the Jack Daniel Distillery just doesn’t do. These “don’ts” are arguably what makes Jack’s Tennessee Whiskey unique in a world inundated with bourbon and whiskey choices.