Mark Evans, 54, stumbled upon a unique discovery while researching his family history. In an old herbal recipe book belonging to his great-great grandmother, Mr. Evans found ingredients for a recipe matching that of the world’s best selling whiskey, Jack Daniel’s. The great-great grandmother’s last name was Daniels, she lived in Llanelli, Wales, and her book predates the founding of the distillery (1866) by 13 years.
Evan’s great-great grandmother reportedly had a brother who had moved to Lynchburg, Tennessee 3 years before the distillery opened. The Jack Daniel’s distillery also claims that the original creator was from Wales.
The history of Jack Daniel’s is a mystery because the distillery’s early records were destroyed in a courthouse fire
A spokesman for the company said: “We know our founder was from Wales – we would love to see the book and the recipe.”
UPDATE: (via thedrinksbusiness.com)
Jack Daniels has poured cold water on the story.
“It’s a good story, but one based in fancy rather than fact – the people and dates just don’t match up,” said Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett.
“Jack Daniel’s family was living in America for two generations prior to the 1853 date Mr. Evans suggests his relative came to the United States. His John ‘Jack the Lad’ Daniel is not our Jasper Newton ‘Jack’ Daniel.
“We also know that Jack Daniel learned to make whiskey from a local Lutheran minister here in Lynchburg and not a herbal remedies book.”