eff Arnett, The Master Distiller of Jack Daniel’s, conducted a very special Masterclass in Mumbai on March 6, for a walk through of the brand, including tasting whiskies from the portfolio of the oldest registered distillery in the USA.
Arnett is one of only a handful of individuals who have held the title of Master Distiller in the history of the distillery which began production in 1866 and this is his first visit to India.
Jeff, often said to have one of the best jobs in the world, spoke about various aspects on the history and legacy of the oldest registered distillery of USA and the nuanced craft of making Jack Daniel’s. He also gave fantastic insight into his experiences and his life in Lynchburg, Tennessee, a dry county since the early 20th century, which is also the home of the only Jack Daniel distillery in the world.
The Masterclass enabled the audience to learn more about this unique whiskey and one-of-a-kind experience and discover how Jack Daniel’s differs from Scotch and Bourbon. Jack Daniel’s is dripped slowly, drop-by-drop, through ten feet of firmly packed charcoal before going into new charred oak barrels for maturing. This special step of charcoal mellowing makes Jack Daniel’s a Tennessee Whiskey and renders it a rare smoothness.
The tasting session included Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire.