Jack Daniel’s is one of the first brands that will come to mind when whiskey is mentioned. It could be because it is one of the top selling whiskey brands in the world or maybe because it is America’s most famous whiskey.
Founded by Jasper Newton Daniel in 1886 with help from a slave named Nearis Green, the brand has grown over the years to become a choice drink for special occasions.
The unique thing about the brand is that it could actually pass for a bourbon, but the company chooses rather to market it as a Tennessee whiskey.
Jack Daniel’s is made from corn, rye and malted barley, and is distilled in copper stills. The distilled drink is then filtered through 10-foot (3.0 m) stacks of sugar maple charcoal in a process referred to as “mellowing”.
According to the company, this extra mellowing step, also called the Lincoln County Process, removes impurities and the taste of corn and differentiates it from bourbon.
So what is Jack Daniel’s price in Nigeria? Or how much does a carton of Jack Daniel’s cost?
In the circle of men, when whiskey is being discussed, failing to mention Jack Daniel’s could pass for a crime, punishable by 12 hours in a ‘whiskey barrel’. Just kidding!
Touted to be America’s most famous whiskey, the 150 years of Jack Daniel’s history dates back to 1866, when the first distillery was opened. It was the first registered distillery in the U.S, founded by born Jasper Newton Daniel, who also served as the first Master Distiller.
By 1904, with the growth of the brand, the Old No. 7 earned a gold medal at the World’s Fair – the first of the seven gold medals it has won to date.
The journey began when the young Jack was taken in by a local preacher named Dan Call after he ran away from his father’s home because he despised his step-mother.
Until recently, the story told was that moonshine distiller, Call had taught his young apprentice, Jack, how to run his Tennessee distillery, but it turns out that it was one of Call’s slaves named Nearis Green who had passed on his distilling experience to Daniel.
‘Uncle Nearest is the best whiskey maker that I know of’, Call is recorded as having said in a 1967 biography, Jack Daniel’s Legacy.
The key role of Green in advising Jack Daniel had been suspected before but, like that of many slaves, his contribution to the development of American whiskeys was never recorded.
Phil Epps, the global brand director for Jack Daniel’s at Brown-Forman, which has owned the distillery for 60 years, insists it was not a ‘conscious decision’ to omit the Greens from the whisky’s history.
According to Epps, they had come across the founder story while researching the origin of the whisky.
‘As we dug into it, we realized it was something that we could be proud of,’ Epps said.
1875 Jack founded a registered distilling business with Call using money from his late father’s estate. Shortly thereafter, Call quit the business due to religious reasons, and Jack took over the ownership.
By 1884, Jack Daniel purchased the land where the distillery stands today and ran the business until 1907, when he handed over to his nephew, Lemuel “Lew” Motlow, since he never married or had children.
Motlow oversaw the distillery for 40 years. The business suffered from the statewide prohibition passed in 1910, causing the distillation of Jack Daniel’s in Tennessee illegal.
Motlow challenged the law in a case that went to the Tennessee Supreme Court, but failing to won the case, the company moved production to St. Louis, Missouri, and Birmingham, Alabama, but was not able to achieve the quality of whiskey that was produced in Tennessee.
Missouri and Alabama also suffered similar prohibitions leading to several years of repeals and changes to the law, before the distillery was finally up and running for business in 1947.
With the World War II building to a peak the distillery ceased production in order to redirect resources to help serve the war effort.
Frank Bobo, it was, the chief distiller between 1966 to 1988, that transformed Jack Daniel’s from a local sippin’ whiskey in the south of US into a whiskey famous around the world, with the Old No. 7 as synonymous with rock and roll music as the electric guitar.
With clubs in New York City playing host to the biggest names in rock and roll, and Jack Daniel’s partnering most of those events, so did the popularity of the drink grow.
Jeff Arnett is currently the chief distiller at Jack Daniel’s and under him, the brand has seen its biggest expansion in its history, introducing its first flavored expression, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Jack Daniel’s Fire four years later.
Jack Daniel’s is one of the premium whisky drinks loved all over the world, not only for it’s unique taste, but also for its cultural relevance to the beverage industry.
For a drink that would have passed as a bourbon, but is a whisky, Jack Daniel’s bears a lot of interesting story to it.
Not only does it come from the oldest registered distillery in the US, it is filtered through maple charcoal before bottling, which makes it a Tennessee whisky.
The drink is amazing when taken neat as it is still great when mixed with other drinks either as a cocktail.
Jack Daniel’s serves as the base for several cocktails, but here are eight special cocktails that brings a whole new Jack experience to your social events.
1. Jack Off
Interesting name right? LOL!
Mixing Jack and Coke is an age-long tradition, but to make this cocktail, the addition of iced tea just creates a much more amazing experience.
What you need
1 shot Jack Daniel’s
1/2 Iced tea
2. Evil Jack
Don’t be scared, it is not from the gates of hell.
Funnily enough, all the harshness of Jack is tempered down with the taste of cherry.
What you need 4 oz Jack Daniel’s 10 oz Coke splash of grenadine 1 cherry
3. Cannibalized Christian
Don’t you just love the irony in the name?
It offers you an opportunity to be good and wild in one smooth evening.
What you need 3/4 oz Jagermeister herbal liqueur 3/4 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey 3/4 oz amaretto almond liqueur 1 3/4 oz Coca-Cola Cherry Coke
Because it has beer too, maybe it qualifies its name.
Never turn down a chance to down a drink with a name as this,
What you need 3 oz Jack Daniel’s Grenadine Coke Root beer Sprite
5. Jack’s Vanilla
Is there anything we can’t use vanilla for?
Well, mixing it with good old Jack is certainly not on that list, especially when its on ice.
What you need 2 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
1 tsp vanilla
11 oz Coca-Cola
6. Black Tooth
This tall cocktail actually comes with Dr. Pepper, so your dental health is assured.
Besides, there won’t be any blackness to your sweet evening, except the liquid in your glass.
What you need 4 oz Jack Daniel’s
4 oz Dr. Pepper
4 oz Coke
Before you order this, or even make it, get in the mood of a rock star.
Trust me, that is the only way to get down with its groovy taste.
What you need 1 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
8. Saturday Night Special
There is something special about all Saturday nights…this cocktail is top of the list.
Not only is it fitting for the night, it also gets you to the level you wanna be.
What you need 1 oz Jack Daniel’s
2 oz orange rum
If you can have a sip of this, you will walk out of any jail unnoticed by the prison wardens.
Yes! it is just that magical.
Just make sure to mix the Khalua, Jack and amaretto separately with some crushed ice, then pour into stout and coke already in a wine glass.
What you need 1 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
3 oz Guinness stout
3 oz Coca-Cola
10. Head Banger
Whisky and liqueur, shaken down with some ice.
That will ceratainly send bangs into your brain.
What you need 1 1/2 oz Patron Coffee liqueur
1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
Jack Daniel’s is distilled in a process that gives it the title of a Tennessee whiskey, a term recognized by the federal government in 1941, almost 80 years after Daniel started distilling the stuff. The process is different from other American whiskeys in that the spirit is filtered through layers of sugar-maple charcoal. The whiskey is then filtered through it over a period of four days, then through white wool to remove any of the charcoal.
3. Jack Daniels is the best-selling American spirit
In 2014, Jack Daniel’s sold almost $3 billion worth of whiskey. Jack Daniel’s is the 4th best selling spirit in the world (by value), making it the best-selling American spirit, followed by Bacardi.
4. Jack Daniels is made in a dry county
Jack Daniel’s whiskey is made in an area where it cannot be sold. Lynchburg in Moore County has been a dry city since Prohibition, even after repeal. While you can tour the facility and taste the whiskeys, you can’t buy Jack Daniel’s where it’s made. However, you can purchase the whiskey inside the commemorative bottle.
5. Jack Daniel wasn’t the founder’s real name
Jack Daniel was a real guy, but his real name was Jasper Newton. Daniel was named for two Revolutionary War heroes, but friends and family called him Jack.
6. Frank Sinatra was buried with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s
Frank Sinatra was buried with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, along with a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Zippo lighter, and a dollar’s worth of dimes.
7. Jack kicked the safe
One morning, Daniel arrived to work early, before his nephew. He tried to open the safe, but could not remember the combination. Frustrated, he kicked the safe, breaking his big toe. This led to a blood infection that, years later in 1911, eventually caused his death.
8. The Jack Daniel’s Distillery is an extremely popular tourist attraction
Over a quarter million people per year make the pilgrimage to the Jack Daniel’s distillery.
9. A Lutheran Minister taught Jack to distill
A Lutheran minister named Dan Call taught Jack how to distill when he was just 6 years old. When Jack was 13, Dan Call’s wife forced him to choose between the ministry – which viewed alcohol as a sin – and his whiskey. Call sold the distillery to Jack.
10. The origins of the famous ‘Old No. 7’ are a mystery
No one actually knows why the No. 7 is on the bottle of Jack Daniel’s, but the three rumors are that Daniel had seven girlfriends, that the number seven train was the one that carried his barrels, and that he lost one of his prized barrels of whiskey for seven years. Unfortunately Jack took the truth along with him to the grave.
The Jack Daniel’s Brothers of the Grill Music & BBQ Festival.
The Jack Daniel’s Brothers of the Grill festival is here! Do you crave an afternoon of fun, filled with spicy barbeque, music and drinks? Do you want an afternoon to enjoy the finest BBQ experience with friends and family ? We have great news for you! On Saturday July 9th , Jack Daniel’s is set to host Nigeria’s biggest barbeque event; The Jack Daniel’s Brothers of the Grill Music and BBQ festival. The event is scheduled to take place at the Muri Okunola Park in Victoria Island. There would be lots of music, fun , nice food and of course Jack Daniel’s.
Tickets to the one of a kind meat and whiskey experience are only 2000 naira, and are inclusive of Jack Daniel’s cocktails and BBQ servings from some of your favourite outlets.
The festival would be filled with dope music from The Compozers Band (UK),Timaya, Reekado Banks, Runtown, 9ice, Cynthia Morgan, Terry Apala and more delicious food, as well as various games that can win you special Jack Daniel’s branded merchandise. It will also feature BBQ competition where the winner walks away with a $3000 cash prize
The park will be totally transformed into an outdoor style festival with gazebos, comfortable seating areas, cocktail tables and a big stage for the performances. There will be DJ sets from DJ Big N and DJ Switch who will keep guests pumped and entertained throughout the festival.
Don’t say we never told you, go get your tickets to a fun filled day, filled with great food, music and drinks!
Jack Daniel’s Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Whiskey Barrel Hunt.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, the oldest registered distillery in the U.S., Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey announced the Jack Daniel’s Barrel Hunt. It is a global scavenger hunt that will unite Friends of Jack across the world. The first Barrel Hunt will take place at the home of the distillery in Lynchburg. It starts on July 1 and visits more than 50 countries in 90 days. Jack Daniel’s will provide clues via its local Facebook pages to help fans find the hidden whiskey barrels around the world. They have the opportunity opportunity to win unique, specially designed prizes to commemorate the distillery’s 150th anniversary.
“The 150th anniversary is a major milestone for the distillery and is a perfect opportunity to invite everyone to join us in our celebration of Jack Daniel’s with our first-ever global Barrel Hunt, Mark McCallum, President of Jack Daniel’s said .
Each hidden barrel in the scavenger hunt was handcrafted from the distillery and used to mature Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, before being specially fabricated for the Barrel Hunt to house prizes. These prizes include an original, one-of-a-kind bar kit made with white oak from the barrels. Barrel Hunt winners will also receive the authentic Jack Daniel’s barrel they found. The prizes are tailored to each region that participates in the Barrel Hunt. From July through September, 150 handcrafted whiskey barrels will be hidden in various regions across the globe. They will be located at historic and cultural sites. There will be clues available on Jack Daniel’s Facebook pages to help guide fans to the secret location. Clues tied to the history of each region will be provided on the day of each local Barrel Hunt. Barrels will be opened when the first person to arrive speaks the correct barrel password. Updates and results will be shared as barrels are found around the world and prizes are claimed in each region.
For more information on the Jack Daniel’s Barrel Hunt, visit www.jackdanielsbarrelhunt.com.
To learn more about Jack Daniel’s and the Jack Daniel Distillery’s 150th anniversary, visit www.jackdaniels.com