Go behind the distilling scenes at the oldest registered distillery in the United States: Jack Daniel’s, founded in 1863 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Learn the history behind the distillery that’s emblematic of Southern culture and find out how the legendary old No. 7 whiskey is made at the source.
A visit to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery highlights Tennessee history and late settler culture. Visitors can choose from a number of guided tour options, from the Angel’s Share Distillery Tour with single-barrel whiskey tastings to a combo tour of the distillery and town of Lynchburg. Other tasting options include the classic tasting tour, which includes a flight of five whiskeys, and the Mr. Jack Toast in the Hollow Tour, a quick driving tour of Lynchburg followed by a whiskey toast. Those who aren’t interested in drinking can save money by taking the Dry County tour, which still provides information about the distillery’s history and production process sans alcohol. To avoid the need to find a designated driver, book a tour from Nashville that includes round-trip transportation to Lynchburg and free time in the city to purchase tickets and take a Jack Daniel’s tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This site is a must-see for Southern history buffs and fans of Tennessee whiskey.
- Don't forget to bring your official photo ID if you’re going on a tasting tour.
- The distillery doesn’t sell souvenirs, but other local shops are stocked.
- The Mr. Jack Toast in the Hollow Tour includes transportation around the distillery by motorcoach and is the best tour option for visitors with limited mobility. All other tours involve walking and stairs.
How to Get There
Because of its close proximity to Nashville (a 90-minute drive), the distillery is an easy and popular day-trip destination for visitors to Nashville. Make the drive yourself (be sure to plan for a designated driver), or book transportation in advance with a tour.
When to Get There
Tours operate daily between 9am and 4:30pm, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The distillery is most popular on the weekends (Friday through Sunday) and around major holidays. Tours fill quickly, so arrive early or ensure your spot by booking ahead.
Legend has it that Jack Daniel started his distilled whiskey business at the age of 13 after his caretaker, a Lutheran minister, decided to devote his life to the ministry and left his distillery in Daniel's care. Daniel later accredited the whiskey’s success to the use of iron-free spring water—still used to this day.