10 Mar Lynchburg | Our Tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery
Ed and I love to travel. One of our yearly goals is to try and get to as many different places as we can. I prefer at least one trip a month, and this year, we’re doing pretty good. I know. It’s only March, but we have trips planned for every month through July, except May. And there’s still plenty of time for that. 19th Anniversary trip, maybe?
Before wedding season kicks into high gear at the end of March, we wanted to plan a weekend getaway with some of our closest friends. We landed on a fun two and a half days in Nashville, with nearly a full day spent in nearby Lynchburg. Nashville is close enough that we can easily make the drive in a weekend, and Lynchburg was only about an hour’s drive from there. Ed is a huge Jack Daniels fan (it’s about the only liquor he drinks), and he’s always wanted to tour their one and only distillery, especially since it’s located right here in Tennessee. I’m so glad we finally made it happen!
I have to admit, I wasn’t overly eager for the tour. I’m a vodka tonic girl myself, and I tend to stay away from brown liquors. But I knew it would be fun to watch Ed’s face light up, and the nerd in me was excited to see the science behind the whole process. As it turns out, I hugely underestimated this tour! Not only were the grounds beautiful and picturesque, but the history behind the man himself and how the distillery came to be was extremely fascinating! As a bonus, our tour guide was very funny and informative.
We did the sampling tour, and I even tasted each of the whiskeys. It was a most entertaining day, and I highly recommend doing the tour, even if you’re not a whiskey fan! If you go, ask for Ben. He was awesome!
The property has over 80 barrel houses of different sizes. This was one of the much smaller ones. One of my favorite things about the distillery were the huge iron signs on each building, lettered in their own signature Jack Daniels font!
Our tour guide was the best! I snapped this photo of him in front of the cave from whose mouth flows the water that goes into every bottle of Jack Daniels. It was still cold, and you can see the icicles hanging from the rock wall above the cave. We even saw bats fly out of the cave and circle our heads, completing the classic cave atmosphere.
Ed is not taller than Jack Daniels…
But our friends are!
I soaked up every bit of history that I could. This room still holds the safe that killed Jack (I won’t spoil the tour by telling the story)!
A single barrel of Jack Daniels makes about 240 bottles, as you see here. Ed wanted to take this home, but I insisted that we had nowhere to keep it!
The natural spring runs all over the property, which is just so surprisingly lovely! I’d love to see it in warmer weather when the plants are blooming.
Ironically, Jack Daniels is located in a dry county, so the only place you can buy liquor is inside the distillery gift shop! We got a special bottle to take home.
I’m so grateful that Jonathan and Jessica were able to come with us on this trip! It would not have been the same without them!
We were told that if you go to Lynchburg, you have to eat at Miss Mary Bobo’s, so we did! It was a fantastic Southern meal, served family style. We had great fun getting to know the other tourists at our table and hearing more stories from our hostess.
We had a great time in Nashville, including wonderful meals at Gray’s on Main and Sambuca downtown. But the highlight of our trip was definitely the Jack Daniels distillery tour and spending a day in historic Lynchburg. We’re already planning our next trip!
Now, to just figure out a weekend trip for May. Does anyone have anyone suggestions? We’d love to hear them in the comments!