After leaving Birmingham, Alabama, the next stop on our road trip was Nashville, Tennessee. After a bit of research I realised that the Jack Daniel’s distillery was only a little bit of a detour from our route. Neither of us are huge fans of Jack Daniel’s, but we’ve see the town of Lynchburg so many times on their TV adverts so we had to visit.
Battling through the rain for 3 hours we arrived to a very wet Lynchburg. Novel seeing as we haven’t seen rain for months in California, although not ideal for the husband driving. As it was still pouring down we didn’t explore much of the town, but dived straight into a BBQ restaurant for a pulled pork stuffed jacket potato. Delicious!
After arming ourselves with a huge Jack Daniel’s umbrella, we joined the tour of the distillery. Our tour guide, Ron, was brilliant. He was just the sort of guy you would imagine living in Lynchburg, and working for Jack Daniel’s, and was definitely a fan of his whisky.
This is a photo taken of the tour group, Ron is on the far right. Tell me he doesn’t look just how you would imagine?!
The tour lasted about an hour and a half, and we were taken round everywhere, from the yard where they burn wood to make the charcoal for filtration, right through to the bottling. I took a few pictures, although you couldn’t take them inside a lot of the buildings due to the risk of the alcohol fumes with electronics.
We were really surprised that the distillery felt quite small, considering just how popular Jack Daniel’s is all over the world, I think you would expect somewhere a lot bigger.
We finished with a tasting of 5 different types of Jack Daniel’s (I didn’t like any of them, they still all tasted like fire!!). Lynchburg is in Moore County, which is actually still a dry county, you can’t buy alcohol anywhere! Although the distillery has managed to get a special permit to sell Jack Daniel’s, up until a couple of years ago you couldn’t even taste the whisky at their own distillery. We had a little look around the visitors centre before driving to Nashville. I love looking at how the bottles have changed over the years.
It was highly worth the little detour on our road trip to spend a couple of hours in Lynchburg, Tennessee!