I just want to start the post off by saying that I am not a whiskey fan. I just don’t get it, really – the overpowering smell and taste really doesn’t do it for me. Having said that, I absolutely love knowing how things are made – so for someone that hates whiskey, I was probably more excited about this tour than I thought I would be.
Lynchburg, Tennessee was a two-hour drive away from Nashville. It’s very much Smalltown, USA – it’s absolutely tiny, and the entire town revolves around the Jack Daniels distillery.
It’s located in a really beautiful part of the countryside, so we had a little wander of the grounds and the local shops before we set off on the tour.
Our group was number 7, rather fitting really, as the No.7 is their signature whiskey (although no one knows why it’s that number in particular!)
The tour was really enjoyable – it was great seeing how the barrels were made, and I liked seeing the process, and other touches like how they have their own fire brigade. How adorable is that truck?
We went on the tasting tour, which meant we could sample a few of their whiskies for an extra $10. It’s well worth doing, because who would want to do a whiskey tour without getting to drink some after?
Out of the three we tried, I like the Gentleman Jack, and the latest release – The Tennessee Fire. I was really excited to have brought back a bottle of the latter for my boyfriend as it wasn’t coming out in the UK for another couple of months!
After the tour, we went back into Lynchburg proper to have a wander and get some food.
I had some of the most delicious pulled pork nachos I have EVER had in my life. Although I did have to ask for more jalapenos about three times – not because the service wasn’t excellent (man, I miss that Southern service) – but because I like A LOT of jalapenos.
In the town, we did a little souvenir shopping – make sure you go to the official Jack Daniels store as their prices are a lot more reasonable than the smaller stores there (a mistake I made!)
They also had a Jack Daniels ice cream – a twist on the classic rum and raisin – which I got stuck into. It was really delicious, and perfect for the warm weather!
It was a really lovely way to end my fleeting visit to Tennessee, and a great experience that I would thoroughly recommend!