Jack Daniel’s has forged a legacy of fine whiskey making through a long history of meticulous practices that have been handed down to each generation.
For 150 years, Tennessee spring water, superb quality ingredients, specially crafted sugar maple charcoal, and handmade American white oak barrels have all combined to become indispensable elements in making this whiskey the household name it is today.
Jack Daniel was born for the craft of whiskey making. When he was still a young boy, Dan Call, a preacher and distiller, recognized his potential and thoroughly trained him in the art of the “Lincoln County Process,” a method that has distinguished fine whiskey made in Lynchburg, Tennessee for over a century.
There are many unique elements that make up this whiskey. Jack Daniel purchased Lynchburg’s Cave Hollow Spring to ensure a continuous source of pure spring water that is essential to fine whiskey making. The natural limestone of this spring releases minerals while removing iron particles from the water, thereby forming the perfect base for Jack Daniel’s superior taste.
Jack also managed to formulate a perfect combination of ingredients, ensuring the perfect whiskey – 80 percent corn, 12 percent barley and 8 percent rye. These ingredients, combined with Cave Hollow’s natural spring water, produces a concoction of sweet, spicy, and smooth flavors that is particular to the Jack Daniel’s brand.
Remaining true to the Jack Daniel legacy, the fermentation process uses the same strain of yeast first utilized by Jack when he created the process all those years ago. After distillation, the whiskey undergoes the famous Lincoln County charcoal mellowing process.
The charcoal is specially crafted by burning stacks of sugar maple. The whiskey is gravity fed through this charcoal drop by drop, a process that takes over a week. This is a vital step, as it infuses the whiskey with a sweet, fruity fragrance that would take over two years to achieve through barrelling the whiskey.
The sweet liquor is then collected into the handcrafted, single-use barrels where it is left to continue the fermentation process until mature. The end result? The distinctive and refined taste that has made Jack Daniel’s famous all over the world.
Over its 150-year history, there have only been seven whiskey makers at Jack Daniel’s, each of whom have worked hard to ensure that the exacting standards of the family legacy continue on so you can be sure that each bottle tastes exactly the same as the first bottle that was produced 150 years ago.
Jasper “Jack” Daniel’s motto was: “Everyday we make it, we’ll make it the best we can.”
Written by Lotus Lee and Lucy Wu
Original article from Vision Magazine