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Iraqi war veteran has designed his own coffin to be shaped like a bottle of Jack Daniels
This guy will definitely be having a wild party later… even if the venue is six feet under.
Sure, you’ve heard of people planning their own wills and funerals ahead of time, but this guy’s crazy coffin purchase for himself definitely knocks most funeral plans out of the park. Anto Wickham, an Irish army veteran, has bought a $5,000 customized coffin shaped exactly like a giant bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey in preparation for his own death and burial. Wickham, a veteran of the Iraq war, told the Daily Mail that he’d seen enough combat and loss to know that if he wants to go out the way he wants to (in style), he had better plan ahead.
“I didn't want a normal funeral and it had to be a celebration of life because I have been to too many funerals of colleagues where they were very sad occasions,” Wickham told The Daily Mail. “I wanted something completely different and I decided my favorite drink is Jack Daniels.”
Wickham’s unusual burial plan was made possible in part by Crazy Coffins, a website dedicated to unusual coffins like Wickham’s, selling customizable caskets shaped like ballet shoes, guitars, bottles of hot sauce, and more.
And if that’s not enough, Wickham is also planning on installing a solar-powered iPad in his headstone with a personal video messages and photos of the coffin-making process. Let’s hope no one adds brandy to this boozy burial, because then we’ll have a real-life corpse reviver on our hands.
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15 Best Whiskey Bottles to Gift This Holiday
What to get the whiskey lover in your life? It’s a question that plagues families and friends every time the holidays roll around.
People get nervous about buying whiskey for someone else. How do you know their exact preference? How can you pick the right bottle? How much should you spend?
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It’s daunting. So daunting that most people just go with something safe (and insufferable for those who receive them). Every year whiskey lovers are bombarded with goofy glassware, useless whiskey stones, and a stack of books that, while fun to browse, make whiskey feel a little too much like homework.
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2. Mark Twain
Renowned author of books like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, funny man and all-around impressive guy, Samuel Langhorne Clemens—better known by his pen name, Mark Twain—had a certain affinity for whiskey. He couldn’t get enough of it, once saying, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
Nine Famous People and What They’re Buried With
When the comedian David Brenner died earlier this year, obituaries reported that he’d asked to be buried with $100 in small bills, “just in case tipping is recommended where I’m going.”
Brenner is not the first celebrity to challenge the conventional wisdom of “you can’t take it with you.” Here are nine more:
Leonard Bernstein (1918 to 1990). The famous conductor and composer, whose works included the musicals On the Town and West Side Story, was buried with a piece of amber, a lucky penny, a baton, a copy of Alice in Wonderland and a pocket score of Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, according to the 2014 biography Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician. While each item had its significance in Bernstein’s life, the Mahler symphony was probably closest to his heart. At least one account claims it was placed directly over his heart in his casket, though others say it was simply put in alongside him.
Bernstein was known to have both idolized and identified with the late Austrian conductor and composer. Introducing a 1960 Young People’s Concert devoted to Mahler’s work, Bernstein observed, “It’s a problem to be both a conductor and a composer there never seems to be enough time and energy to be both things. I ought to know because I have the same problem myself… It’s like being two different men locked up in the same body one man is a conductor and the other a composer, and they’re both one fellow called Mahler (or Bernstein).”
Humphrey Bogart (1899 to 1957). Before the actor’s cremated remains were laid to rest, they were supposedly joined in their urn by a small gold whistle bearing the inscription “If you want anything, just whistle,” which he had given his widow, Lauren Bacall, years earlier.
The line was a reference to their 1944 film, To Have and Have Not, loosely based on an Ernest Hemingway novel, and the first movie to pair the then 43-year-old Bogart and his 19-year-old future wife. Though the quote in the inscription is often cited as a line of dialog from the movie, what Bacall’s character actually says would have required a much bigger whistle: “You know you don't have to act with me. You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
For whatever reason, Bogart seems to have inspired memorable misquotations. Perhaps his most famous line of movie dialogue, “Play it again, Sam,” from 1942’s Casablanca never appears in the actual movie either.
George Burns (1896 to 1996). For the vaudeville, radio, television and movie comedian, cigars were a constant prop, and he went to his grave with three in his pocket.
What brand those might been doesn’t seem to have been recorded, though Burns was known to favor El Producto Queens. He explained the very practical reason behind his preference in a 1994 interview with the magazine Cigar Aficionado. The interviewer was Arthur Marx, son of another well-known cigar-chomping comedian, Groucho Marx.
Burns told him, “the reason I smoke a domestic cigar is because the more expensive Havana cigars are tightly packed. They go out on the stage while I'm doing my act. The El Producto stays lit. Now if you're onstage and your cigar keeps going out, you have to keep lighting it. If you have to stop your act to keep lighting your cigar, the audience goes out.”
Roald Dahl (1916-1990). The author of the children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, celebrated chocolate in both his art and his life. So it isn’t surprising that he was reportedly buried with some (as well as a bottle of Burgundy, snooker cues, pencils, and a power saw).
In his 1984 memoir, Boy, Dahl wrote that one of his happiest childhood memories involved the newly invented candy bars that the British chocolate maker Cadbury sent to his boarding school from time to time, asking Dahl and his classmates to rate them. He fantasized about working in a chocolate laboratory when he grew up and inventing a chocolate that would wow even “the great Mr. Cadbury himself.” That fantasy, he said, became the inspiration for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
If Dahl didn’t grow up to become a chocolate inventor, he did remain a chocolate lover. He is said to have kept a red plastic box stuffed with chocolates, which he’d offer to guests after every meal, or simply eat by himself if he was dining alone. The box is preserved at the Roald Dahl Museum archives in the village of Great Missenden, north of London.
Harry Houdini (1874 to 1926). The famous magician and escape artist was buried with his head resting on a packet of letters from his beloved mother, Cecilia Weiss. As Houdini’s friend Howard Thurston (perhaps the second most famous magician of the day) observed at the time, “His love for his mother was his deepest devotion.”
Cecilia’s death, in 1913, had been a shock that her son never quite recovered from. Hoping to communicate with her in the next life, Houdini became fascinated with the then-popular fad of spiritualism. Open-minded at first, he was soon disenchanted and spent much of the remainder of his life exposing the tricks of psychics and mediums.
Houdini’s coffin was a specially designed solid bronze model with a hermetically sealed inner liner that he had used underwater in his act. As The New York Times reported, Houdini had it “made to prove his contention that any one could live without air for an hour if they did not let fear overcome them. It was his expressed wish that he be buried in this coffin.”
Houdini got his wish. He was buried in Queens, New York, in a plot he shares with his mother and other relatives.
John F. Kennedy (1917 to 1963). Among his leisure pursuits, the 35th President was a collector of scrimshaw, pieces of whale bone or ivory that were engraved with pictures and designs, most famously by New England whalers. Highlights of his collection were on prominent display in the Oval Office during his presidency.
A particular favorite was a 9 1/2-inch-long whale tooth, engraved with the presidential seal by the scrimshaw artist Milton Delano. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who had commissioned the piece, gave it to her husband for Christmas in 1962, the last Christmas he’d live to see. It was buried with him in Arlington National Cemetery after his assassination the following November.
Not long before his death, Kennedy himself gave another piece away, to the actress Greta Garbo, who had admired the collection during a White House visit. Much of the remaining collection now resides at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
Other items buried with the President include letters from his wife and two children and a pair of gold cufflinks. His brother Robert, who would be assassinated less than five years later, is said to have added a PT-109 tie clip and a silver rosary.
Bela Lugosi (1882 to 1956). As the most famous interpreter of Dracula on both the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen, the Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi spent much of his career in coffins. In 1956, when the nearly forgotten Lugosi died from a heart attack, he was laid to rest in his final one.
At the suggestion of family and friends, according to Arthur Lennig’s 2013 biography, The Immortal Count, Lugosi was buried in full Dracula regalia, including his trademark black cape. The actor himself might have had mixed feelings about that. Even before his immortal turn as the Transylvanian vampire in the 1931 Tod Browning film, Lugosi had recognized the dangers of being typecast as a monster, no matter how suave and well dressed.
“He hopes, when the talkie Dracula is completed, to escape the shackles of the role,” an Associated Press writer reported in 1930. “He will never again play Dracula on the stage, he says. If the wide distribution of the film did not make such a venture unprofitable, he would refuse because of the nervous strain the gruesome character puts upon him.”
In fact, Lugosi would go on to portray Dracula or Dracula-like characters on stage and in several more films, including the 1948 comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and the posthumously released Plan 9 from Outer Space, widely considered one of the worst movies of all time.
Frank Sinatra (1915 to 1998). The “My Way” singer was buried his way, with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Zippo lighter, and a dollar’s worth of dimes, according to contemporary news accounts. The dimes were reportedly in case he needed to use a pay phone.
Jack Daniel’s had been Sinatra’s frequent companion, both on stage and off, ever since he was introduced to it by the comedian Jackie Gleason. In Gay Talese’s celebrated 1966 Esquire article “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” Talese quotes the singer as saying, “I’m for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniel.” He was also known to refer to it as the “nectar of the gods.”
Sinatra’s fondness for Jack Daniel’s, and the fact that he was buried with a bottle, have since been featured in the whiskey maker’s advertising, adding posthumous celebrity endorser to Sinatra’s many other credentials. Jack Daniel’s has also created a premium whiskey in his honor, Sinatra Select.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987). By some accounts the pop artist and filmmaker was buried clutching a bottle of Estee Lauder perfume. By other, possibly more reliable reports, a bottle was tossed into his grave by a friend, after the casket had been lowered. Either way, he would have appreciated the gesture as he wrote in The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again, “I really love wearing perfume.”
He goes on to confess that, “Sometimes at parties I slip away to the bathroom just to see what colognes they’ve got. I never look at anything else—I don’t snoop—but I’m compulsive about seeing if there’s some obscure perfume I haven't tried yet, or a good old favorite I haven’t smelled in a long time. If I see something interesting, I can't stop myself from pouring it on. But then for the rest of the evening, I’m paranoid that the host or hostess will get a whiff of me and notice that I smell like somebody-they-know.”
Warhol’s relationship with perfume didn’t end with his death. Today his name is on no fewer than seven different men’s and women’s fragrances.
Andy Warhol's grave, located at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in a suburb of Pittsburgh. (Wikipedia)
And 10 more, in brief:
William S. Burroughs (1914 to 1997). The Beat Generation novelist was reportedly buried with, among other things a loaded .38 caliber revolver, a sword cane, a ballpoint pen, a fedora and a joint.
Tony Curtis (1925 to 2010). The movie actor shares his coffin with a long list of items, including his Stetson hat, a pair of driving gloves, his grandson’s baby shoes, and the ashes of his dog.
Miles Davis (1926 to 1991). The jazz trumpeter is said to be buried with one or more of his horns.
Wild Bill Hickok (1837 to 1876). Legendary Wild West gunslinger and lawman Hickok was buried with his rifle.
Ernie Kovacs (1919 to 1962). Comedian and television pioneer Kovacs, who by some accounts died in a car crash while trying to light a cigar, was supposedly buried with one put in his hand by his widow, Edie Adams, and another tucked into his jacket by his friend Jack Lemmon.
Bob Marley (1945 to 1981). The reggae great is reportedly buried with his red Gibson Les Paul guitar, a Bible, and some marijuana.
Stan Musial (1920 to 2013). St. Louis Cardinals slugger and Baseball Hall of Famer Stan “The Man” Musial was nearly as fond of the harmonica as he was of the bat. He was buried with one of the former in his jacket pocket
Harland Sanders (1890 to 1980). The Colonel of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame was buried in his trademark double-breasted white suit.
Tiny Tim (1932-1996). Best known for his 1968 rendition of “Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me,” the ukulele-strumming falsetto singer was reportedly buried with—what else?—a ukulele and one or more tulips.
Ronnie Van Zant (1948 to 1977). The Lynyrd Skynyrd front man, killed in a 1977 plane crash, is said to be buried with a black hat and his fishing pole.
Legal Advice on the Web
Re '➾ing of Sound Mind, and a $55 Consultation'' (May 16), about LegalZoom, a Web page that prepares wills and other legal documents:
LegalZoom claims to review those documents for 'ɼonsistency and completeness.'' The article asks, ''If a site like LegalZoom is not offering advice, or even explanation, what exactly is it doing?'' The answer is, giving its customers -- not clients, because there are no actual lawyers who provide legal advice -- a false sense of security.
The article, of course, notes the possibility of being misled. Still, judging from LegalZoom wills described in the article, it seems likely that problems are more common than the article suggests.
In one will, the customer wanted an instruction that she '➾ buried with a bottle of Jack Daniels.'' In another, the customer ''wanted to leave $1,000 to one son and a penny to the other.'' What the article did not mention was that a lawyer with competence in trusts and estates would have raised warning flags in both cases.
An instruction that one wants to be buried with a bottle of Jack Daniels could raise a question of his or her sobriety, and an unequal disposition between children invites a future will contest by the disfavored child.
This is not to say that in these two cases litigation will ensue or that if it does, the claims will prevail. But a good trusts and estates lawyer would have anticipated the possibility of these problems and would have advised his or her client accordingly. LegalZoom's review amounts to nothing more than a proofreading.
The Jack Daniel's brand's official website suggests that its founder, Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, was born in 1850 (and his tombstone bears that date  ), but says his exact birth date is unknown.  The company website says it is customary to celebrate his birthday in September.  The Tennessee state library website said in 2013 that records list his birth date as September 5, 1846, and that the 1850 birth date seems impossible since his mother died in 1847.  In the 2004 biography Blood & Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel, author Peter Krass said his investigation showed that Daniel was born in January 1849 (based on Jack's sister's diary, census records, and the date of death of Jack's mother). 
Jack was the youngest of 10 children born to his mother, Lucinda (Cook) Daniel, and father Calaway Daniel. After Lucinda's death, his father remarried and had three more children.  Calaway Daniel's father, Joseph "Job" Daniel, had emigrated from Wales to the United States with his Scottish wife, the former Elizabeth Calaway.  Jack Daniels' ancestry included English, and Scots-Irish as well.  [ better source needed ]
Jack did not get along with his stepmother. After Daniel's father died in the Civil War, the boy ran away from home and was essentially orphaned at a young age.  
As a teenager, Daniel was taken in by Dan Call, a local lay preacher and moonshine distiller. He began learning the distilling trade from Call and his Master Distiller, Nathan "Nearest" Green, an enslaved African-American man. Green continued to work with Call after emancipation. 
In 1875, on receiving an inheritance from his father's estate (following a long dispute with his siblings), Daniel founded a legally registered distilling business with Call. He took over the distillery shortly afterward when Call quit for religious reasons.   The brand label on the product says "Est. & Reg. in 1866", but his biographer has cited official registration documents in asserting that the business was not established until 1875.  
After taking over the distillery in 1884, Daniel purchased the hollow and land where the distillery is now located.   By the 1880s, Jack Daniel's was one of 15 distilleries operating in Moore County, and the second-most productive behind Tom Eaton's Distillery.  He began using square-shaped bottles, intended to convey a sense of fairness and integrity, in 1897.  
According to Daniel's biographer, the origin of the "Old No. 7" brand name was the number assigned to Daniel's distillery for government registration.   He was forced to change the registration number when the federal government redrew the district, and he became Number 16 in district 5 instead of No. 7 in district 4. However, he continued to use his original number as a brand name, since his brand reputation already had been established.   An entirely different explanation is given in the 1967 book 'Jack Daniel's Legacy' which states that the name was chosen in 1887 after a visit to a merchant friend in Tullahoma, who had built a chain of seven stores. 
Jack Daniel's had a surge in popularity after the whiskey received the gold medal for the finest whiskey at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. However, its local reputation began to suffer as the temperance movement began gaining strength in Tennessee.   
Jack Daniel never married and did not have any known children. He took his nephews under his wing – one of whom was Lemuel "Lem" Motlow (1869–1947).   Lem, a son of Daniel's sister, Finetta,  was skilled with numbers. He soon was responsible for all of the distillery's bookkeeping.
In failing health, Jack Daniel gave the distillery to Lem Motlow and another nephew in 1907.   Motlow soon bought out his partner, and went on to operate the distillery for about 40 years.
Tennessee passed a statewide prohibition law in 1910, effectively barring the legal distillation of Jack Daniel's within the state. Motlow challenged the law in a test case that eventually worked its way to the Tennessee Supreme Court. The court upheld the law as constitutional.  
Daniel died in 1911 from blood poisoning. An oft-told tale is that the infection began in one of his toes, which Daniel injured one early morning at work by kicking his safe in anger when he could not get it open (he was said to always have had trouble remembering the combination).  But Daniel's modern biographer has asserted that this account is not true.  
Because of prohibition in Tennessee, the company shifted its distilling operations to St Louis, Missouri, and Birmingham, Alabama. None of the production from these locations was ever sold due to quality problems.  The Alabama operation was halted following a similar statewide prohibition law in that state, and the St. Louis operation fell to the onset of nationwide prohibition following passage of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1920.
While the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933 repealed prohibition at the federal level, state prohibition laws (including Tennessee's) remained in effect, thus preventing the Lynchburg distillery from reopening. Motlow, who had become a Tennessee state senator, led efforts to repeal these laws, which allowed production to restart in 1938. The five-year gap between national repeal and Tennessee repeal was commemorated in 2008 with a gift pack of two bottles, one for the 75th anniversary of the end of prohibition and a second commemorating the 70th anniversary of the reopening of the distillery. 
The Jack Daniel's distillery ceased operations from 1942 to 1946 when the U.S. government banned the manufacture of whiskey due to World War II. Motlow resumed production of Jack Daniel's in 1947 after good-quality corn was again available.  Motlow died the same year, bequeathing the distillery to his children, Robert, Reagor, Dan, Conner, and Mary, upon his death. 
The company was later incorporated as "Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, Prop., Inc.", allowing the company to continue to include Motlow in its tradition-oriented marketing. Likewise, company advertisements continue to use Lynchburg's 1960s-era population figure of 361, though the city has since formed a consolidated city-county government with Moore County. Its official population is more than 6,000, according to the 2010 census.
The company was sold to the Brown–Forman Corporation in 1956. 
The Jack Daniel's Distillery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
In 2012, a Welshman, Mark Evans, claimed to have discovered the original recipe for Daniel's whiskey,  in a book written in 1853 by his great-great-grandmother. Her brother-in-law had emigrated to Tennessee.
Moore County, where the Jack Daniel's distillery is located, is one of the state's many dry counties. While it is legal to distill the product within the county, it is illegal to purchase it there. However, a state law has provided one exception: a distillery may sell one commemorative product, regardless of county statutes.  Jack Daniel's now sells Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, the original No. 7 blend (in a commemorative bottle), and a seasonal blend (on rotation) at the distillery's White Rabbit Bottle Shop.
Lowering to 80 proof Edit
Until 1987, Jack Daniel's black label was historically produced at 90 U.S. proof (45% alcohol by volume).  The lower-end green label product was 80 proof. However, starting in 1987, the other label variations also were reduced in proof. This began with black label being initially reduced to 86 proof. Both the black and green label expressions are made from the same ingredients the difference is determined by professional tasters, who decide which of the batches would be sold under the "premium" black label, with the rest being sold as "standard" green label.
A further dilution began in 2002 when all generally available Jack Daniel's products were reduced to 80 proof, thus further lowering production costs and excise taxes.   This reduction in alcohol content, which was done without any announcement, publicity or change of logo or packaging,  was noticed and condemned by Modern Drunkard Magazine, and the magazine formed a petition drive for drinkers who disagreed with the change.  The company countered that they believed consumers preferred lower-proof products, and said that the change had not hurt the sales of the brand.   The petition effort garnered some publicity and collected more than 13,000 signatures, but the company held firm with its decision.  A few years later, Advertising Age said in 2005 that "virtually no one noticed" the change, and confirmed that sales of the brand had actually increased since the dilution began  (though it does not suppose any causes for that increase).
Jack Daniel's has also produced higher-proof special releases and premium-brand expressions at times. A one-time limited run of 96 proof, the highest proof Jack Daniel's had ever bottled at that time, was bottled for the 1996 Tennessee Bicentennial in a decorative bicentennial bottle. The distillery debuted its 94 proof "Jack Daniel's Single Barrel" in February 1997. The Silver Select Single Barrel was formerly the company's highest proof at 100, but is available only in duty-free shops. Now, there are 'single barrel barrel proof' editions, ranging from 125–140 proof.
Sales and brand value status Edit
Jack Daniel's Black Label Tennessee Whiskey remains the flagship product of Brown–Forman Corporation. During the fiscal year ended April 30, 2017, the product had sales of 12.5 million cases. Underlying net sales for the Jack Daniel's brand grew by 3% (−1% on a reported basis). [ clarification needed ] 
Tennessee Honey and Tennessee Fire were also solid contributors to the total underlying net sales growth of 3% (flat on a reported basis) for the Jack Daniel's family of brands. They grew underlying net sales by 4% and 14% (3% and 18% on a reported basis), respectively. Premium brand Gentleman Jack grew underlying net sales mid-single digits, while the RTD/RTP segment increased underlying net sales by 6% (3% on a reported basis). 
In the IWSR 2013 World Class Brands rankings of wine and spirits brands, Jack Daniel's was ranked third on the global level.  More recently, in 2017, it ranked at number 16 on the IWSR's Real 100 Spirits Brands Worldwide list.  Additionally, the brand evaluation consultancy Intangible Business ranked Jack Daniel's fourth on its Power 100 Spirits and Wine list in both 2014 and 2015.  
From 2006 until 2015, Jack Daniel's sponsored V8 Supercar teams Perkins Engineering and Kelly Racing.  Jack Daniel's also sponsored the Richard Childress Racing 07 car (numbered after the "Old No. 7") in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 2005 to 2009, beginning with driver Dave Blaney and soon moving to Clint Bowyer.  Jack Daniel's also sponsors Zac Brown Band's tours.
Master distillers Edit
Chris Fletcher, was announced as the 8th Master Distiller of the Jack Daniel's Distillery after serving as Assistant Master Distiller for six years prior. Fletcher is the grandson of the 5th Master Distiller, Frank Bobo. 
Jeff Arnett, a company employee since 2001, became Jack Daniel's master distiller in 2008. He was the seventh person to hold the position in the distillery's history. On September 3, 2020, Jeff announced that he was stepping down from the company.  On April 20, 2021, Jeff announced that he and partners were opening Company Distilling, a new whiskey distillery, near the Great Smokey Mountains. 
Jimmy Bedford, the previous master distiller, held the position for 20 years.  Bedford retired in mid-2008 after being the subject of a $3.5 million sexual harassment lawsuit against the company that ended in an out-of-court settlement, and he died on August 7, 2009, after suffering a heart attack at his home in Lynchburg.  
Other former Master Distillers include Nathan "Nearest" Green (1875–81),  Jess Motlow (1911–41), Lem Tolley (1941–64), Jess Gamble (1964–66), and Frank Bobo (1966–92). 
Tennessee Squires Edit
A Tennessee Squire is a member of the Tennessee Squire Association, which was formed in 1956 to honor special friends of the Jack Daniel's distillery.  Many prominent business and entertainment professionals are included among the membership, which is obtained only through recommendation of a current member. Squires receive a wallet card and deed certificate proclaiming them as "owner" of an unrecorded plot of land at the distillery and an honorary citizen of Moore County, Tennessee. 
The mash for Jack Daniel's is made from corn, rye, and malted barley, and is distilled in copper stills. It is then filtered through 10-foot (3.0 m) stacks of sugar maple charcoal.  The company refers to this filtering step as "mellowing". This extra step, known as the Lincoln County Process, removes impurities and the taste of corn.   The company argues this extra step makes the product different from bourbon. However, Tennessee whiskey is required to be "a straight Bourbon Whiskey" under terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement  and Canadian law.  A distinctive aspect of the filtering process is that the Jack Daniel's brand grinds its charcoal before using it for filtering.  After the filtering, the whiskey is stored in newly handcrafted oak barrels, which give the whiskey its color and most of its flavor. 
The product label mentions that it is a "sour mash" whiskey, which means that when the mash is prepared, some of the wet solids from a previously used batch are mixed in to help make the fermentation process operate more consistently. This is common practice in American whiskey production. (As of 2005 [update] , all currently produced straight bourbon is produced using the sour mash process.  )
After being used for the aging of Jack Daniel's whiskey, many barrels go to Scotland to be used in the production of Scotch whisky. Some barrels are leased from Glenmorangie distillery. Some of the barrels are sold to McIlhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana, for production of Tabasco sauce and to both the Mount Gay Rum company of Barbados and Appleton Estate of Jamaica for use in the aging process of their distinctively flavored rums. [ citation needed ] Some barrels are also cut in half and shipped to Lowe's Home Centers to be used as planter pots. They retain the whiskey smell for some time after arriving there and must be watered every couple of days to keep the wood from shrinking before they are sold. [ citation needed ]
On a state level, Tennessee has imposed stringent requirements. To be labeled as Tennessee Whiskey, it is not enough under state law that the whiskey be produced in Tennessee it must meet quality and production standards. These are the same standards used by Jack Daniel's Distillery, and some other distillers are displeased with the requirements being enshrined into law.  
On May 13, 2013, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed House Bill 1084, requiring the Lincoln County process to be used for products produced in the state labeling themselves as "Tennessee Whiskey", with a particular exception tailored to exempt Benjamin Prichard's, and including the existing requirements for bourbon.   As federal law requires statements of origin on labels to be accurate, the Tennessee law effectively gives a firm definition to Tennessee whiskey, requiring Tennessee origin, maple charcoal filtering by the Lincoln County process prior to aging, and the basic requirements of bourbon (at least 51% corn, new oak barrels, charring of the barrels, and limits on alcohol by volume concentration for distillation, aging, and bottling).
In 2014, legislation was introduced in the Tennessee legislature that would modify the 2013 law to allow the reuse of oak barrels in the Tennessee whiskey aging process. Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Jeff Arnett vehemently opposed the legislation, arguing the reuse of barrels would require the use of artificial colorings and flavorings, and would render Tennessee whiskey an inferior product to scotches and bourbons. 
The company was the subject of a proposal to locally surtax its product in 2011. It was claimed that the distillery, the main employer in a company town, had capitalized on the bucolic image of Lynchburg, Tennessee, and it ought to pay a tax of $10 per barrel. The company responded that such a tax is a confiscatory imposition penalizing it for the success of the enterprise.  The proposed tax faced a vote by the Metro Lynchburg-Moore County Council and was defeated 10-5. 
- Old No. 7, also known as "Black Label": this is the original Jack Daniel's label (80 proof/40% ABV previously 90 proof/45% ABV until 1987)
- Gentleman Jack: Charcoal filtered twice, compared to once with Old No. 7 (80 proof/40% ABV).
- Single Barrel: Whiskey sourced from a single barrel in the company's warehouse (94 proof/47% ABV).
- Tennessee Honey: Honey liqueur blended with less than 20% whiskey (70 proof/35% ABV).
- Tennessee Fire: Cinnamon liqueur blended with less than 20% whiskey (70 proof/35% ABV).
- Tennessee Apple: Apple liqueur blended with less than 20% whiskey (70 proof/35% ABV).
- Tennessee Rye: (90 proof/45% ABV).
- Green Label: A lighter-bodied bottling of Old No. 7, not available everywhere (80 proof/40% ABV).
- 1907: A lighter, slightly sweeter bottling of Old No. 7, from the cooler areas of the warehouse and sold in the Australian market (74 proof/37% ABV).
- Silver Select: For export only (100 proof/50% ABV).
- Winter Jack: Seasonal blend of apple cider liqueur and spices (30 proof/15% ABV).
- No. 27 Gold: Limited release (80 proof/40% ABV)  [clarification needed]
- Sinatra Select: Tribute to Jack's biggest fan: Mr. Frank Sinatra (90 proof / 45% ABV)
- Sinatra Century: Honors the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra (100 proof / 50% ABV) Limited Edition
- Single Barrel Barrel Proof (125–140 proof / 62.5–70% ABV, depending on the bottle you get)
- Single Barrel Rye: a permanent line extension and the brand's first fully matured rye whiskey, launched 2016 (94 proof/47% ABV) 
- Single Barrel Select Eric Church Edition (94 proof/47% ABV)
The Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg is situated in and around a hollow known as "Stillhouse Hollow" or "Jack Daniel's Hollow", where a spring flows from a cave at the base of a limestone cliff. The limestone removes iron from the water, making it ideal for distilling whiskey (water heavy in iron gives whiskey a bad taste).  The spring feeds into nearby East Fork Mulberry Creek, which is part of the Elk River watershed. Some 1.9 million barrels containing the aging whiskey are stored in several dozen barrelhouses, some of which adorn the adjacent hilltops and are visible throughout Lynchburg. 
The distillery is a major tourist attraction, drawing more than a quarter of a million visitors annually.  The visitor center, dedicated in June 2000, contains memorabilia related to the distillery and a gift shop. Paid tours of the distillery are conducted several times per day and a premium sampling tour is also offered. 
In February 2016, a $140 million expansion was announced for the distillery, including a plan to expand the visitors center and add two more barrel houses. 
Frank Sinatra’s Death
Following part about Frank Sinatra’s Death is from My Father’s Daughter by Tina Sinatra.
9th of May, 1998
The new millenium was in sight.
Dad was determined to be a part of it. “How many more months?” he asked me.
Eighteen, I told him, rounding down a bit.
14th of May, 1998
The phone rang at exactly 11:10 pm. It was Rex Kennamer. “I have bad news, we lost him.”
13 years ago, Barbara Sinatra was outside for dinner. Frank Sinatra’s situation suddenly got worse and he was taken to hospital at around 9pm. The doctors called Barbara immediately, and tried to save Sinatra for like 1,5 hour. Despite how long they tried, they couldn’t save him. In the end, at 10:50pm, Frank Sinatra died from a heart attack…
And at 11.10pm, Tina Sinatra was informed that her father had passed away. She called Nancy and in minutes they got to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Tina Sinatra: “…My father lay facing us, eyes closed, hands over his chest he lay on a lowered gurney, ready to be wheeled away. Barbara was seated in a chair to his left. We entered the cubicle without acknowledgment. I went directly to Dad and knelt beside him. “Oh, Poppa,” I said. At the sight of him my tears broke their dam. I wept freely, my forehead pressed against his upper arm. I looked for fear in his face, but saw none. His strain and torment were gone- in death he looked once more to be a figure of command. When i touched him, he was still warm. For an instant, I thought i was him move. I silently prayed for him. Oh God, take him and make him safe and warm, but keep him close to me. And to him: I am so sorry I was not here for you. I was filled with guilt and anger, but kept those feelings contained. I just kept saying to myself that I loved him, over and over again…”
In Sinatra family, Frank Sinatra’s death and the funeral arrangements were a total mess due to Barbara Sinatra. Sinatra’s children weren’t informed about Frank Sinatra’s Death neither when he was taken to hospital nor during the 80 minutes when doctors were trying to save him. No doubt Barbara ordered the doctors and hospital not to inform them.
6 days after Frank Sinatra’s death, on 20th of May, 1998, the Frank Sinatra’s funeral took place at Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
In The Wee Small Hours, Moonlight In Vermont, Ave Maria and Put Your Dreams Away were played at the church and during the religious service during Frank Sinatra’s funeral, along with some other songs probably.
Here is a video of Tina’s, Frankie Jr’s and Nancy Sinatra’s comments on Put Your Dreams Away and how they explain the moment in the church during Frank Sinatra’s funeral.
Nancy Sinatra: When my dad died, it was the only choice when the question came up which song of Frank’s should be played at the end of the services and of course it had to be Put Your Dreams Away and there wasn’t a dry eye in the church because it’s that kind of an emotional song.
This Guy Is Going to Be Buried in a Bottle of Jack Daniels - Recipes
The Whisky Containing a combination of 70% rye – 19% above the legal minimum for a rye whiskey – 18% corn and 12% malted barley, the white spirit has gone through Jack Daniels’ signature charcoal mellowing process, resulting in a taste master distiller Jeff Arnett describes as spiced, natural and complex
Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye will only be available in the US, with an initial December launch in select retail outlets in Tennessee, before an exclusive rollout into other US markets in January 2013.
“We feel that whiskey enthusiasts and Jack Daniel’s aficionados alike will enjoy discovering the new and unique tasting experience that Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye offers,” said Arnett. “And we hope that they’ll remember that, as good as this new offering is – it’s just a taste of what’s to come.”
Jack Daniel’s has hinted at its intention to release an aged rye expression in the near future, although a bottling date has not yet been released.
“We’ve produced just a little bit to experiment around and let some mature in case should this be a long term offering,” Arnett explained. “We’ve done a couple of rounds of it and from that we’ll decide whether or not we officially enter ourselves into the rye market.”
Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye is the first white dog produced by the distillery since the months following Prohibition. Back then the master distiller Lem Motlow released young versions of Jack Daniel’s to the public before a fully-aged product was available for sale.
“It was a less mature, lesser quality spirit. Because of that Lem named it after himself to protect the Jack Daniel’s name he became the fall guy by putting his own name to a cheaper bottle of whiskey, but he needed to make money and sell something.
“He put out a 6-12 month product along the way while inching back up toward getting something that was of a character that people would have remembered as Jack Daniel’s pre-Prohibition. For me, the barrel is still one of the finest things you can do to a white dog .”
Shot & A Beer with Guy Fieri
Bon Appétit's Andrew Knowlton does a shot and a beer with the one and only Guy Fieri.
How you doin', I'm Guy Fieri
and this is Bon Appétit's Shot and a Beer.
The Restaurant & Drinks editor of Bon Appétit magazine
and Guy, where am I right now?
That's a question we all ask ourselves.
You're a Guy's American Kitchen and Bar
44th street, right in Times Square.
So what we're gonna do is I've got a big stack
of David Letterman-esque cards Really important questions.
Really important pressing questions that
So what are you gonna pour me here?
My personal favorite is the Red Amber Ale
that's named after my sister, Morgan.
Lost my little sister to cancer a year and a half ago
and so the greatest way to pay tribute to somebody
is to put a picture of them on your arm
or to make a beer after ɾm.
Dark and rich but not too heavy.
So now I'm gonna ask you some questions.
When was the last time that you had a hangover?
No I'm just kidding you it wasn't this morning.
I was probably staying, I was at the American Royal.
I got my induction into the Barbecue Hall of Fame.
So there was a couple libations that night.
And then the next question is: What did it?
[Andrew] Jack Daniels. Jack Daniels.
Jack's usually.. I call him John Daniels,
[Andrew] You know him so well.
Yeah, I'm done but thank you.
When you did have that hangover,
anything that you do to cure it?
Grits and ham and red eye gravy.
That and Sunday football and a big cup of coffee,
roll it in to right around noon, I'm ready to rock.
Ready to do it all over again.
You got a bottle of Goldenschläger sittin' there.
They still put the golden, the flakes in it?
Gonna make a necklace out of that for ya, honey.
I love the bouquet of cinnamon-y gold.
So what is the worst pick-up line
you've ever heard or perhaps used?
I did hear one just about a year ago
and we were on a cruise and the guy walked up,
reached, grabbed her shirt,
and said Yep, made in Heaven.
Alright so you indulged us.
You answered our silly questions.
So what is your shot, your go-to shot
and would you, sir, please make me one?
It's something a little bit unique.
with a dollop of ice cream and an anchovy.
You're right, I'm just kiddin'.
Now listen, I wanna impress you with somethin'
really wild and crazy but gotta tell you somethin'.
Straight, easy-going, old-school I'm a Jack Daniels guy.
So do you have a cheers or toast that you..
You know it depends on if I'm being a smart-ass
with my buddies or if I'm being.
You can be a smart-ass, you can be a smart-ass.
Then I would say a toast like this:
Here to some of the greatest friends a guy
could ever have, and I sure wish they were here right now.
I'm Guy Fieri and we're rollin' out
looking for America's greatest
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
[Andrew] Seven hundred thousand.
I had to call it triple D just cause
in the first year I couldn't figure out how to say
diners, drivers, divers, driner, driversdine, Damn!
Yeah do it again, triple D.
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