5 Things You Need To Know About Jack Daniel’s

1. Jack Daniel’s is the oldest registered distillery in the US

Is Jack Daniel’s the oldest distillery in the US? Yes and no. Maker’s Mark claims it’s the oldest, and Laird’s Applejack has been around since the Revolutionary War. Plenty of older distilleries were pumping out rum before whiskey became popular. But Jack lays claim to being the oldest registered distillery, having registered in 1866 (probably) by a teenage Jack Daniel… he was real, and more on him later.

2. It’s Tennessee whiskey… and that’s very specific

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. At the distillery, visitors might see huge piles of maple wood being burned on “ricks.” The wood falls into itself as it is burned, making 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. It’s the best-selling American spirit

In 2014, Jack Daniel’s sold almost $3 billion worth of whiskey. Seeing as the average bottle is around $20, that’s 150 million bottles of Jack Daniel’s, give or take. That number might be reduced by a million or so following the passing of Lemmy, but it should keep JD well ahead of the competition nonetheless.

4. It’s made in a dry county

That’s right: the best-selling American 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 (only on the “enhanced tour”), you can’t buy Jack Daniel’s where it’s made. Except…

5. You can now call a Jack & Coke a “Lemmy”

Most bartenders (the ones worth knowing, anyway) will know exactly what you’re talking about if you roll in and order up a Lemmy in honor of the recently deceased ace of spades. We told you the dude knew what he liked.

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