Jack Daniel's Distillery
Excerpts from Kristy:
Daniel's Distillery is a mecca in the state of Tennessee.
People travel from all over the country through an area with
more acres of trees than residents to experience the smell
of this world famous whiskey. Yes, the smell. The distillery
is smack dab in the middle of a dry county, so there is no
tasting and no buying. But in the words of our guide, 'You
can sniff all you want!'
The parking lot, while chock full of parking spaces, has
a very country feel with large hanging trees to protect against
the glaring sun and baking heat of Tennessee. Before you start
your tour, the distillery offers an area for you to walk around
and learn more about the history of Jack Daniel's the man
and the whiskey.
The tour is first class all of the way from the opening movie
that shows dogs chasing the old beat-up truck that the head
distiller drives to work to the shuttle they use to drive
you to the other side of the grounds. The grounds are spectacular
with beautifully manicured lawns, old leafy trees and a cool
creek (where they get the water for distilling) running through
was plenty of opportunity to sniff the whiskey, in fact our
guide even flapped some of the vat lids to waft the smell
out. Our tour guide was a perfect mix of Tennessee accent
and quippy bits of information. They take you through the
entire process, up the stairs and through the buildings and
you see every step. The tour ends in the gift shop where you're
treated to a nice glass of Lemonade and told to go purchase
your Jack Daniel's when you get home.