Sauntering, Our travels around the country
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February 17, 2006
Our next road trip from Huntsville was to the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. The county is dry so there's no drinking though a law was specially passed several years ago to allow the distillery to sell bottles of their whiskey. The law states that you have to have something like 5,000 people to vote on allowing alcohol....but the county only has 700 people.
The inspiration for the 1980s band REO Speedwagon's name.
Fresh mountain water, one of the secrets of Tennessee sipping whiskey.
The only chance to have Jack Daniels on the rocks.
Snow in Tennessee???? No, they'd just finished taking pictures for their Christmas 2006 advertisements and had to make some snow.
The whiskey making process...including some "behind locked doors" high tech stuff.
Goes in Bourbon...comes out Whiskey.
The thing that distinguishes Jack Daniels "Tennessee sipping" Whiskey from bourbon is running it through charcoal made from sugar maple trees grown in Tennessee. The Gentleman's Whiskey is run through that process twice.
You can buy a barrel of Jack Daniels...but you have to buy it separately. You get an empty barrel and the whiskey in bottles....the bottles against the wall is how much whiskey you get from the barrel. If you shell out the $9,000 for a barrel of whisky, your name goes on the wall.
Bottling Jack Daniels for oversees markets.
After the distillery tour we went to Sewanee Tennessee to the University of the South, a liberal arts and seminary school. All Saints Chapel is a focal point on the campus.
Some prospective students were being given a tour and we overheard some important information about the seal that is right inside the door of the chapel. Unfortunately we didn't hear it until we were on our way out and we couldn't remember if we'd erred or not. Legend has it that if you're a prospective student and you step on the seal you won't get admitted to the University. If you are a current student and you step on the seal, you'll flunk out. However, you can atone for your errant step by streaking through the quad. However, if the deed is captured on film (there are cameras nearby) then you have to pose nude for the art department.
More Sewanee scenes.