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“Well worth the drive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jack Daniel's Distillery

Jack Daniel's Distillery
182 Lynchburg Highway, Lynchburg, TN 37352
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Lynchburg
Type: Factory Tours, Food & Drink
Activities: Leisure education, Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Fifteen miles east of Lynchburg.
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“Well worth the drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

On our trip back from Florida we decided to finally stop at the Jack Daniel's Distillery. We were so impressed with this free tour. Our guide Ron was exactly what you would expect a tour guide to be funny, informative, and authentic. The town of Lynchburg has a lot of shops to find everything and anything Jack Daniel's.

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“Worth the price of admission”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

I've been on any number of distillery/winery tours and can honestly say that Jack Daniels was the weakest - interesting but far from informative. The "history" is mostly mythology and inaccurate, e.g., "just like Gentleman Jack" doesn't quite do justice to the facts of the use of continuous stills since WWII (unlike the pot-stills shown in the visitor area), the fact that Jack Daniel's 80% ratio of the cheapest grain (corn) would exclude it from being legally a "bourbon" even without charcoal filtration, the true old "sour mash" method is supplemented with yeast these days, no info as to aging, etc. Basically, a marketing piece, selling the idea that the post-war product is somehow the "old style" recipe.

All that said, admission is free, the site is physically well set up for tours, and the prepared glib jokes of the guides somewhat amusing. But if you want to really learn anything be prepared to ask a lot of questions.

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“Fantastic Tour Of Such A Historic Distillery!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2009

I never thought I would have an opportunity to actually tour the Jack Daniels distillery but on a vacation to Nashville in Sept/09 a side trip to Jack Daniels was a must.

At the time we arrived a tour had just started and we caught up with the group as the movie was finishing. A small bus took us to the starting point of the tour which was at a far end of the distillery, the Rickyard, where a group picture was taken and where the walking portion commenced. It was interesting to see his old office, the cave where the water comes from that's used in the whiskey, and tour the buildings where the whiskey is produced and bottled. As it happens, the morning we were there a crane was removing one of the stills (I forget if our guide said it was for replacement or repair) but anyway, that's something you don't see every day either. The tour finished back at the main building, where we had gathered for the start of the tour, and free lemonade was available as well as the opportunity to purchase the product.

After this we went into the village where we browsed the shops and the large JD retail store where everything Jack Daniels (except whiskey) was available. There was also the Lynchburg Harley Davidson MoCo Clothing store and being a rider I had to get a souvenir T-shirt.

If you are even thinking about going to tour the Jack Daniels distillery, go for it...you won't be disappointed.

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“You dont have to love the whiskey!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2009

This was a fantastic tour led by our fabulous and knowledgeable tour guide Dusty. Beautiful original buildings on lovely land, well worth the visit. Resonably priced too and you get free lemonade after the tour also! Highly recomended

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“we loved this tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2009

You are not able to take pictures in the buildings due to fumes and the risk of spark, understandable. You can take as many pictures as you want on the grounds and in the old office building. The tour starts with a group picture that will get posted on the internet within a week of your visit. The black trees on teh grounds are so neat, they will tell you why they are black and no it is not pollution.
This tour is free of charge. Follow the signs on the highway it takes you right to Lynchburg and the Distillery. The guides are very friendly and make the tour fun and informative. The walk around the grounds was amazing, you get to see the fresh water spring used in making the Jack Daniels. You get to taste the 151 they use to start the fires with, wow that is wicked.
You do get to go into all the buildings with the tour guide just no pictures allowed inside, they cut this out all together about a month ago. It is interesting to see the different stages of the Jack, the barrel house is amazing the smell is so strong in there.
The little store where you can purchase the Jack Daniels is at the end of your tour. They serve you lemonade in there, nice after a long hot day in the sun.
If you live in Canada you can only bring back one bottle so do not bother buying more unless you can drink it before you hit the border. It does not matter how long you have been in the states it is the rule one bottle.
They have gift shops in the little town so worth going to see, you can get some nice Jack Daniels gifts there.

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