Congratulations to Jack Daniel’s on 150 years!

Master Distiller No. 1 – Jack Daniel’s

The Jack Daniel’s Distillery was officially established in 1866, and Jack Newton Daniel was its first Master Distiller. Jack learned the art of whiskey making from Reverend Dan Call, who took Jack in after he ran away from home. In 1904, Jack’s signature charcoal-mellowed Tennessee whiskey – Old No. 7 – was awarded a gold medal at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. This would be the first of several gold medals Old No. 7 has been awarded. In 2008, Jeff Arnett became the 7th Master Distiller, who has focused on expanding the family of brands – including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, and Single Barrel Rye.

The Tennessee Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s is one of few companies to distill Tennessee whiskey. What the state of Tennessee calls the “Lincoln County Process”, others call “charcoal mellowing.” This step qualifies a Tennessee whiskey, and for Jack Daniel’s, it’s an important part of the brand’s legacy. It’s an old-time process Jack insisted on and one that has been in continuous use by the Jack Daniel Distillery ever since. After filtering, Jack Daniel’s stores its whiskey in newly handcrafted oak barrels, which give the whiskey its color and distinct flavor. The company produces six main whiskeys, along with special and legacy editions. The 150th Anniversary edition is barreled and bottled at 100 proof, resulting in a delicious and complex whiskey.

Make it at Home: Whiskey Sling

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  • 4 parts Gentleman Jack
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1.5 parts simple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lemon.