Jack Daniels (JD) Tennessee Whiskey is one of the world’s most popular alcoholic drinks. It’s no wonder — it has a delicious sweet flavor with plenty of caramel, vanilla, and oak present. Jack Toast in the Hollow Tour. If you’re short on time, this comfortable motor coach tour is the perfect way to get a quick taste of the Jack Daniel Distillery and raise a glass to our founder. Proxima nova black free font. Length: 30 Min $15.
In April 2014 I profiled Hop Lee. According to a narrative in the Granville, Tennessee, local museum, Hop Lee, shown here as a mannequin in a display, taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey. Lee’s having been part of the Jack Daniels operation almost certainly is apocryphal, however, since that distillery incorporated at Lynchburg, Tennessee, in 1866. At that time Hop still would have been a youngster.
Later Lee became thoroughly familiar with distilling and it is possible he was hired for a time at Jack Daniels distillery — but no real evidence. The second claimant is a Pennsylvania woman named Mary Stout Jacocks. Her method for making whiskey was a prize procession of distiller Billy Pearson, illustrated here. Billy was the ex-husband of Mary’s granddaughter. Ostracized from South Carolina, Pearson, so the story goes, went to Tennessee with Mrs. Jacocks’ recipe were he is reputed to have sold it to Jack Daniel. Pressed by Pearson’s descendants on the issue, a Daniels’ spokesman in 2003 issued this ambiguous reply: “’Mrs.
Mary Stout [Jacocks] of Bucks County, PA, deserves to be warmly remembered for her early distilling skills back in the mid-1700s.”. A 1967 newspaper article reputedly recreates a conversation when Call introduced the young Daniels to the slave, the preacher’s master distiller. Call is quoted saying to Green, 'I want [Jack] to become the world's best whiskey distiller — if he wants to be.
You help me teach him.” Nearest apparently was enthusiastic about the assignment. He is known to have loved children, siring eleven of his own with wife Harriet, nine sons and two daughters. When slavery ended at the end of the Civil War in 1865, the Green family stayed with Call.
The whiskey that Daniel’s originated now stretches toward a century and a half of success, a remarkable tradition. As one author has written: “However, Green’s story — built on oral history and the thinnest of archival trails — may never be definitively proved.” Nevertheless, Author Fawn Weaver has founded and helps finance the Nearest Green Foundation to commemorate the former slave at Lynchburg.
Green is celebrated with a museum, memorial park, and with college scholarships for his descendants. The Foundation is funded by the sales of “Uncle Neare st Premium Whiskey,” not made by Daniels, and the sales of Jack Daniel's official biography entitled, Jack Daniel's Legacy. Over a period of almost two decades, I have written more than 500 articles for collector magazines and newsletters in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The subjects generally are those signaled by the title of this site. Although many of my articles can be found on several websites whose links are referenced here, and I will be continuing to write “in hard copy,” this blog will provide an outlet for research results that are too short or of such narrowly-focused interest as to preclude their publication elsewhere. Through the magic of the Internet -- and judicious use of key words -- I am hopeful that collectors, genealogy buffs, and those interested in arcane tidbits of history will find their way to this site and receive information not readily available elsewhere.