In September 2012 Jack Daniel’s Distillery introduced the Master Distiller Series, a range of Jack Daniel’s whiskey celebrating 7 master distillers (including the current one, Jeff Arnett) throughout the history of the distillery.
The initial release is a homage to Jack Daniel, the founder and master distiller from 1866 to 1911.
The date of Jasper Newton (Jack) Daniel’s birth is unknown because fire destroyed the courthouse records and it varies from source to source from 1846 to 1850. His mother died shortly after his birth and Jack was raised in Baptist church. Brown-Forman, the current distillery and brand owner, claims that Jack learnt distillation from Dan Call, a local preacher. Later Jack took over his distillery and registered it in 1866, what makes him the first American licensed distiller. He chose mashbill (80% corn, 8% rye and 12% malted barley) and set standards for JD whiskey. Jack died due to blood poisoning in 1911 and since he had no offspring he left the company in hands of his nephew, Lem Motlow.
Lem Motlow ran the distillery but was not a distiller. His younger brother Jesse Butler “Jess” learnt the craft from Jack Daniel and he inherited the title in 1911 upon Jack’s death.