For the Whiskey Connoisseur: Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Tennessee

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Jack Daniel's Distillery, Tennessee© 2009 Courtesy of Tennessee Department of Tourist DevelopmentA museum at the distillery pays homage to Tennessee whiskey, a spirit frequently confused with the bourbon made in neighboring Kentucky.

182 Lynchburg Hwy., Lynchburg, Tennessee

Here’s your chance for a spirited tour of one of America’s most famous distilleries. From the moment you enter, the air is permeated by the pungent aroma of Tennessee sour mash whiskey.

A brief introductory slide show explains the reasons for the distillery’s location: the ready availability of good spring water, high-quality grain, and ample supplies of maple, from which the charcoal for filtering is made. This all-important material gives the whiskey its unique flavor.

You’ll pass through a warehouse, one of almost 70, where the whiskey is aged in white oak barrels, made locally and used just once. Each warehouse holds 20,160 of the 55-gallon barrels (worth about $500 million in U.S. taxes alone). In turn you’ll see all the operations required for the production of this heady concoction.

Along the way, you’ll visit the original company offices, which serve as a museum, and see the safe that led to the demise of Jack Daniel: Unable to open the safe, he kicked it in a fit of rage, broke a toe, and developed a fatal case of blood poisoning.

On a happier note: At the end of the one-hour tour, complimentary coffee and lemonade are served.

Open daily except major holidays.

www.jackdaniels.com

(931) 759-6180