The distilation of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey begins with the careful selection of the finest rye, corn and...
The distilation of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey begins with the careful selection of the finest rye, corn and barley malt. This choice of grains are mixed with the local water from the cave springs to form a fermentable mixture called “the mash.” Jack Daniel’s Whiskey is made by using the old “sour mash process.” Of course, there is nothing really “sour” about Sour Mash Whiskey. It is simply called sour mash because the distiller uses part of the previous day’s left over mash to start the fermentation in each new batch.
The freshly distilled whiskey is then trickled very slowly through approximately 10 feet of hard maple charcoal, right after distillation. It is this extra step in the whiskey-making process that makes Jack Daniel’s so much more than a bourbon and provides the whiskey its special character which can only be found in a Tennessee Whiskey.
Following this unique charcoal-mellowing process, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is placed into charred new white oak barrels for storage and aging with the typical aging of a cask is between four and six years.
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