Jack Daniels Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey Was Ahead of Its Time

The Jack Daniels Bottled-in-Bond Tennessee Whiskey is a story of commitment to quality and forward thinking. Jack Daniels was committed to building a legacy of quality—one that could be passed down with his name. That meant providing only the best whiskey to any product that bore his name. Such was not always the case with other distillers. In the late 1800s, it wasn’t uncommon for retailers to buy whiskey by the barrel directly from distillers. They would then water down the whiskey, add dyes, or even add other chemicals to increase the yield (and their profits). Daniels wanted nothing to do with that practice.

In 1895, Daniels began bottling Tennessee Whiskey and putting it in the now iconic square bottle. In this way, he was able to ensure that his customers knew exactly what they were getting every time they opened one of his bottles. A short two years later, the US government passed the Bottled in Bond Act. This legislation certified the quality of any whiskey carrying an official designation on the bottle. In order to gain this certification, the whiskey had to be distilled at a single distillery during a single distilling season then aged at least four years and finally bottled at 100 proof. Daniels was already meeting and surpassing those requirements, and easily won the designation. Now, 120 years later, the Bottled in Bond Act is still in force, and Jack Daniel’s Bottle-in-Bond Whiskey still meets the quality that Daniels was so committed to.

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