Has anyone ever said to you, “You don’t know Jack”? Well, after reading this, you can answer, “As a matter of fact, I do”. Just as long as the conversation is about the guy whose name is proudly displayed on Jack Daniel’s Whiskey.
Jack entered this world about 1850 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. When he was a young lad, he went to work for a preacher who, believe it to not, made booze on the side. This was during the days of slavery and Jack learned how to make whiskey from one of the preacher’s slaves – a man named Nearest Green. Jack became so good at it that he bought the preacher’s distillery while still in his teens. Hopefully, Nearest got a cut.
Jack is famous not only for his whiskey but also for the way he supposedly died. Legend has it that when he couldn’t remember the combination of his safe, he kicked it in frustration and busted his toe. It became infected and later caused his death. Ironically, if he had just doused his toe in his own whiskey, the infection probably never would have occurred.
While we’re on the subject, here are 3 fascinating facts about Jack’s whiskey:
- People love it: Jack Daniel’s is not only America’s favorite whisky, it’s the fourth best-selling spirit in the world.
- What’s with that “Old No, 7” on the label?: Nobody’s really sure why it says that below Jack’s name but there are three theories. One is that Jack had seven girlfriends, another is that he lost one of one of his prize barrels for seven years, and finally, that he transported his whiskey on the number seven train. Whatever the reason, seven was definitely Jack’s lucky number.
- The Chairman of the Board was a big fan: Frank Sinatra enjoyed his “Jack” so much that he was buried with a bottle of it (along with a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Zippo lighter, and a dollars worth of dimes).
So the next time someone says, “You don’t know Jack”, you might wanna bet ‘em a bottle.