Jim and Mark have been discussing a visit to the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, TN since the day they arrived in Red Bay. We almost made the drive from Red Bay, however, when we made plans to meet here in Chattanooga, the plan changed. It's a lot closer from here than it is from Red Bay to drive to Lynchburg. Today, we got up early today and all piled into the Saturn for the 90 mile trip and Jim drove.
When we got to Lynchburg, we looked around the little town a bit and then headed out to the distillery for a tour.
This is the entrance to the visitor's center at Jack Daniels. The distillery is a large operation with a beautiful visitor's center and grounds.
Dortha and me:
Mark really wanted to tour the George Dickel Distillery as well, so after the Jack Daniels tour, we set off to find George Dickel. We knew it was somewhere around Tullahoma, TN, which is just a few miles from Lynchburg. We stopped to ask directions, Mark was the requestor this time. We set off in the direction Mark told us, but got hopelessly lost. We stopped again and Mark once again asked directions, and off we went. And, again, we got lost. Finally, Dortha and I suggested we ask our waitperson at a restaurant since it was now past lunchtime.
We headed back into Tullahoma and stopped for lunch at Ruby Tuesday. After a nice meal of soup and salad, we had good directions and went right to the distillery. This is a much smaller operation, and we were able to take plenty of time to hear about every step of their process. Our tour group consisted of the 4 of us and one other gentleman. It was a very interesting and informative tour. Once again, we were able to purchase a bottle (strictly for taste comparison, of course) and both Mark and Jim brought home a bottle of George Dickel.
A statue of George Dickel in front of the much smaller, homier, visitor center:
I think Mark and Jim completed their George Dickel taste test, but since they've both tasted Jack Daniels, they skipped that part for tonight. I'm not sure how the test came out! I took two teeny-tiny sips, but since I don't much like the stuff, I can't really give an opinion of how good it is. I can say that we had a great day, beautiful scenery, and a grand adventure.