Tours through two of Tennessee's major operating distilleries give visitors an inside glimpse at the distillation processes practiced since the mid 1800s.
The Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and offers free distillery tours.
The small town of Lynchburg welcomes visitors to the distillery visitors center where a guide will show them firsthand the special process that Daniel perfected in 1866. During the tour, visitors get a glimpse of history and a better understanding of the popular whiskey produced.
Free distillery tours are also offered at George Dickel Tennessee Whisky in Tullahoma in Cascade Hollow on the Highland Rim of the Cumberland Plateau where water from Cascade Springs helped create the perfect site for a distillery.
And so it was that in 1870 George Dickel made his first bottle of Tennessee whiskey. Dickel found that whiskey made during the winter months was smoother than when made during the summer so today George Dickel is the only Tennessee distiller to chill the whisky before it goes into their charcoal mellowing vats which filters out the oils and fatty acids.
Dickel considered his whiskey as smooth as the finest scotch, that he spelled "whiskey" without an "e" in keeping with the Scottish tradition.
Their tour gives vistors a glimpse at their processes and time-honored traditions as well as enabling one to mail a note to friends from their very own U.S. Post Office.