Some Facts About Jack Daniel’s
Fact: Jack Daniel was a real person. Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel was born in September 1846, one of thirteen children, to Calaway Daniel and Lucinda Cook. Jack Daniel’s grandfather, Joseph “Job” Daniel emigrated from Wales, as did his Scottish wife, to the United States. Jack died in 1911 from blood poisoning. The infection allegedly began in one of his toes, which Daniel injured at work by kicking his safe in anger when he could not get it open. The company has been in the whiskey-making business since 1866. That’s the year the distillery was registered with the U.S. government, making it the oldest registered distillery in the country.
Fact: Jack Daniel’s is a Tennessee Whiskey, not a bourbon. It has the same properties as bourbon and goes through the same distillation, but there’s an extra step in the process known as charcoal-mellowing. After it’s distilled, the whiskey is dripped slowly – drop by drop – through 10 feet of firmly packed charcoal (made from hard sugar maple) before going into new charred oak barrels for maturing.
Fact: You can buy used Jack Daniels’s barrels. The barrels are only used once for maturing. They ship many to other distilleries and wineries, and many used barrels are sold through the Lynchburg Hardware and General Store. Call 888-221-5225, for more information.
Fact: Jack Daniel’s Black Label Tennessee Whiskey has absolutely no carbohydrates (sugar or starch), gluten, fats or cholesterol, as these are removed during the distilling process.
Fact: The U.S. government banned the manufacture of whiskey during World War II and a little beyond. From 1942 to 1947, there was no production of Jack Daniel’s. The ban was lifted in 1946, but only in 1947 after good quality corn was again available did the company resume production.
Fact: Moore County, where the Jack Daniel Distillery is located, has been a dry county since 1909. This means that even though they can make Tennessee Whiskey there, it can’t be sold there. But folks only have to travel about 12 miles into the neighboring county to buy Jack Daniel’s, so it’s really not a big issue.