Jack Daniel's
Commemorative Decanters
Web Page!

Updated:  Fall, 2001
For those who have not yet, or perhaps never will, tour the Jack Daniel's Distillery, I have put together this updated virtual tour.

These pictures were taken during the weekend of the 13th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue, held October 27, 2001.

This page is no substitute for actually taking the tour.

I consider the tour to be very educational and the tour guides are extremely funny.  The tour takes roughly one hour.

The tours are conducted every day between 9:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.  The tours are not conducted on major holidays.
The distillery is located just east of the Lynchburg, TN town square, on route 55.

Parking, for the tour, is directly in front of the new Jack Daniels Welcome Center.

The parking lot entrance is on route 55.

Parking is free and ample.  Handicap parking is also provided.
From the parking lot, you proceed a short distance to the new Welcome Center.

As the sign states, the tours are conducted rain or shine.
You then proceed to the beautiful new (opened in spring, 2000) Welcome Center.

Climb the four stairs and proceed straight up the sidewalk to a pair of double doors.

The center is also wheelchair accessible.
Once inside, signs direct you to a receptionists desk just to the right.

You are welcomed and handed a tour pass, an image of which you clicked on to get to this page.

Each tour pass has a number on it.  This is your tour number.

You are then asked to wait until a tour guide calls your number.
You will have about a 10-15 minute maximum wait until your tour starts.

You can and should take this opportunity to look around at all of the educational exhibits.

In addition to the pictures, bottles, and other exhibits, you may take a minute or two to complete an electronic guest book entry.

As you would imagine, people visit the distillery from all over the world.
Once your tour guide calls out your tour number, you are led into a room just off to the side of the exhibits.

It is here where the tour guide introduces himself/herself.  The guide also asks several of those taking the tour where they are from.

You are shown a brief video presentation show introducing you to Jack Daniel's.

The main focus of the video is on the people who work for the distillery.
After the short video and a little tour guide humor, you are led outside of the visitor's center.

You then walk to a waiting white Jack Daniel's van.

You will then be driven by a working barrelhouse.  This barrelhouse served as the previous visitors' center.
After a short van ride, the group is dropped off near where the charcoal is made.

Upon exiting the van, the guide asks the group to pose for a picture.  This is a digital picture and you are told to look for it on the web in about one week.

The rest of the tour is on foot.

Here, you see the ricks of sugar maple wood stacked for open air burning.

You also see the two large smoke scrubbers, under which, the charcoal is made.
You are able to see a sample of the charcoal.  The guide explains just how much charcoal is needed for the mellowing process.

Another interesting point is that up to 10 gallons of 140 proof whiskey per week may be used to start the fires.

6 ricks may be burned at once.

It takes 36 ricks worth of charcoal to fill one mellowing vat.
On the way to the Cave Spring, you pass two of Lynchburg's former fire trucks.

One is an Ahrens Fox and the other is a REO Speedwagon.

They have also recently added the Lynchburg Hardware Store delivery van.
The next stop on the tour is the cave spring.

Jack Daniel's gets all of it's nearly iron free water from here.  In fact, the distillery is located here because of this water.

The water is pumped out via pipe.
In front of the cave spring, is a new addition to the tour.  This is the new bronze statue of Mr. Jack.

The life-size Italian marble statue has been moved to the new visitors center.

We were told that Mr. Jack has been photographed wearing just about every college hat there is.
The next stop is Mr. Jack's original office.  This located just in front of the new statue.

The office contains many antiques, including office equipment.  It also contains pictures of Mr. Jack, Mr. Lem Motlow, as well as other Motlow family members.

Mr. Jack's safe is also still in the office.  This is the safe that ultimately led to Mr. Jack's demise.
After the the office, it's a short walk down the street and up a flight of stairs to the stillhouse.

You will pass by several silos (white structures on right side of picture).  This is where the grain is stored until needed.
This is where the sour mash is distilled to 140 proof alcohol.
Next, it's off to the fermenting room.  This is where the sour mash is fermented before it's distilled.

The sour mash will ferment for four days before its distilled.

As you would imagine, due to recent events, the four open fermenting vats, that you pass by, were empty.
One of the most important buildings on the tour is the Charcoal Mellowing Building.   Here is where each and every drop of Jack Daniel's is dripped through about 10 feet of charcoal.

It takes from 7 - 10 days to for each drop to drip from top to bottom.

The tour guide lifts the lid up and down several times.  You are are able to get a real good smell of the 140 proof whiskey.
Next, is the bottling building.  

Here, the tour guide spends some time explaining the diffences between Jack Daniel's, Gentlemen Jack and Single Barrel.
They also explain what role the charred white oak barrels play in the whiskey making process.
Some bottling is still done in the bottling building.  However, most bottling now occurs in a building several miles away.
After the bottling building, it's a short walk to a working barrelhouse.
Here, the tour guide explains how the barrels are stored for up to four years and that it's here where the whiskey gets it's flavor and color from traveling in and out of the barrels due the change in temperature.

Once the barrel is placed in the barrelhouse, it is never moved until its ready to be bottled.
After the barrelhouse, it's back to the White Rabbit Saloon in the visitor's center.

Here your treated to some complimentary

You are also able to stamp you tour pass.  This is so you remember when you toured the distillery so you can look for your picture on the internet.

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