Yes he did Tomek.
I was totally shocked.
Shocked also but so glad you got this info directly from Frank for us
I guess back then head distiller (it only became Master Distiller during Jimmys reign) was just that - a hands on role, distilling whiskey from start to finish and in the early days Jack and later Lem probably mainly dealt with the business side of things rather than the distilling. We know Nearest taught Jack the art of making whiskey but did Jack actually do much of that himself ? Especially as time went on he would have had employees to do it for him
I still think the title of Master Distiller in today’s terms is a little much for Nearest, do we have any documents to support how many employees the Distillery had during the time Nearest was there ? Possibly just him and Jack at that time, so Master Distiller or The Distiller ? Of course not wanting to take anything away from Nearest, it’s always been said he is the man that taught Jack the Lincoln County Process that has made Jack Daniels the success it is today
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