JACK DANIELS - 1915 Gold Medal Decanter Bottle

JACK DANIELS - 1915 Gold Medal Decanter Bottle

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In 1915, four years after Mr. Jack's death, the world was at war and his distillery was labouring under Tennessee Prohibition. Folks must have whispered that Mr. Jack's sipping whiskey would never be the same. They didn't know Lem Motlow.

Jack's nephew Lem, had a stubborn streak that served him well. When Jack left him the distillery, Lem simply stuck with his uncle's time-honoured way of making whiskey. He even remained true to the painstaking and costly charcoal mellowing that imparted the whiskey with its smooth taste. Perhaps to quiet the critics, Lem sent his whiskey off to the most prestigious testing body of his day. On November 17, 1915, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey was deemed unaltered and worthy of the Certificate of the Institute of Hygiene in London.

A hygiene award for whiskey might seem odd. But the team are awfully proud of it. It's a reminder there are some things in this world that never change. And shouldn't.

Over the years, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey has continued to make throughout the world, and has earned numerous awards in international competition: St. Louis Word's Fair, 1904: Liege, Belgium, 1905; Ghent, Belgium, 1913; Anglo-American Exposition, London, 1914; Certificate of Hygiene, London 1915; Star of Excellence, Brussels, 1954; and Amsterdam, Holland, 1981.


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