10 Things you didn’t Know about Jack Daniel’sWritten by lanreePosted on 08 10, 2016
10 Things you didn’t Know about Jack Daniel’s.
Amazing facts about the one of the World’s Most famous Whiskeys.
1. Jack Daniel’s is the oldest registered distillery in the US
Jack lays claim to being the oldest registered distillery, having registered in 1866 (probably) by a teenage Jack Daniel.
2. Jack Daniel’s is a 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
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.