Tour of the Jack Daniels distillery
01/03/2009 - 01/03/2009 48 °F
Whoo wee! Lychburg, Tennesee! Population 381, 30 miles off the highway, and what a nice stop.
We got to the tour site, and took some cool pics inside of my new ride:
Wow! Now that is one HOG I might actually ride... SWEET!
Pic of the old man himself:
And of the Mystery Maching in the parking lot:
And the van we took on the tour:
Then we saw the Rick Yard where they make their own charcoal (Started using the 140 proof mash!) :
Big a$$ vat #7...
Roger (our tour guide) at the fire brigade
This is the little creek that they get the fresh, limestone-filtered water used in the drink
Proof that the JD distillery is a National Historical monument! Nice...
Leeann at the Grain Mill
(You may notice more pictures of her than me... Naturallly... sheis MUCH better looking! )
And the stuff in it: OHH, the smell!
Charcoal mellowing which make it "Tennesee Whiskey" 140 proof "White Lightning" is poured over charcoal and "mellowed."
No Flash, due to blow-up hazzard...
LeeAnn smelling the barrel for the vanilla, oak and other flavors.
Single Barrel bottles ($50 each) stacked up:
You can buy your own single barrel for a mere $12,000, which gives about 240 bottles, and you get the actual barrel, signed by the master taster of each barrel, and you get your name engraved on a small plaque for each barrel bought (some had 50 + barrels bought!)
And finally, the bottling room, which wasn't running at the time, but cool to see...
We bought the commemorative bottle set in the shop before we headed out. They are now allowed to sell "Commemorative" bottles at the site, even though the couty is "dry" (not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages).
And even in a dry county, we managed to get a FREE SHOT of Jack Daniels on the rocks!
As we started up the Mystery Machine, she gave out the LOUDEST back-fire I have ever heard!! many people were exiting the shops when it happened, and it just made our day.
Hope you enjoyed the interlude to our trip!
P & L