Jack Daniels 75th Anniversary Repeal of National Prohibition Bottling # 023329 in Wooden Case (case companion)

JACK DANIELS 75TH ANNIVERSARY REPEAL OF NATIONAL PROHIBITION BOTTLING # 023329 IN WOODEN CASE (CASE COMPANION)

SPIRIT: Whiskey

VOLUME: 750ml x 2

ABV/PROOF: 45/90

AGE: N/A

In 2008, the Jack Daniel Distillery released a pair of whiskeys celebrating two noteworthy occasions: the 75th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition and the 70th anniversary of the reopening of Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Created by Michael Osborne Design, these special bottles share the same glass as Jack Daniel’s 1915 Gold Medal Series, released six years prior. Each anniversary bottle is adorned with a commemorative coin on the front, with the 75th in gold and the 70th in silver (metal composition unknown). The bottles are etched on their right sides with “75th Anniversary” and “70th Anniversary,” respectively.

One of the more impressive features of Jack Daniel’s 75th and 70th Anniversary Set is its cherry wood display box. The back, sides, and hinged doors have faux-glass windows revealing the bottles from virtually every angle. The whiskey itself is, by all accounts, the standard non-age-stated Old No. 7 recipe, though bottled at 90 proof instead of the contemporary 86 proof. This was done in homage to the original Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, which changed from 90 proof to 86 proof in 1987. Total bottle counts for the set are unknown, though consumers can register their bottles by mail or online via the neck tag/pamphlet. 

Release: Jack Daniel’s 75th and 70th Anniversary Set

Misc.: Distilled and bottled by Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, Prop. Lynchburg (Pop. 361), Tenn.

Reverse of the display box reads:

This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Repeal of National Prohibition and the 70th anniversary of the reopening of the Jack Daniel Distillery. In honor of these dates, we’re pleased to release these special bottles which symbolize important events in the history of Jack Daniel’s.

National Repeal in 1933 didn’t change much in the Hollow. Tennessee law still prohibited the distillation and consumption of spirits for another 5 years. To get the distillery up and running again, Mr. Jack’s nephew, Lem Motlow, had to do the unthinkable – he became a politician. Lem won a seat in the State House and worked to change the laws in Tennessee so he could reopen the Jack Daniel Distillery. Finally, in November of 1938, the Jack Daniel Distillery reopened its doors. Lem went back to making our whiskey the way his Uncle Jack made it and the way we still do it today – mellowing it drop by drop through 10 feet of hard sugar maple charcoal with the same care, craft and quality that go into every drop of our Tennessee Whiskey.

So whether you’re celebrating the 75th anniversary of the National Repeal or the 70th anniversary of the reopening of the Jack Daniel Distillery, we hope you’ll raise a glass with us. We ask that you celebrate the moment responsibly.

75th Anniversary pamphlet reads: 

The First Step Back

We’re celebrating the 75th anniversary of the 21st Amendment, the repeal of Prohibition. When Prohibition was repealed nationally in 1933, the Jack Daniel Distillery still couldn’t start back to making whiskey. Our home state of Tennessee remained dry for another long five years. Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of reason [sic] to celebrate this 75th anniversary. If not for the national repeal back in 1933, Mr. Jack’s distillery wouldn’t be up and running today. We think that fact alone is worth raising a glass. With the freedom to enjoy our whiskey, we ask that you do so responsibly.

70th Anniversary pamphlet reads:

Celebrating 70 Years Since Jack Came Back

When Tennessee Prohibition closed the doors to the Jack Daniel Distillery in 1910 (10 years before National Prohibition was enacted), folks in Lynchburg thought that was the end of the distillery. They were wrong. Twenty-eight years later (5 years beyond the repeal of National Prohibition), the Jack Daniel Distillery returned to making whiskey the way Mr. Jack did, mellowing it drop by drop through 10 feet of hard sugar maple charcoal. Now, 70 years later, we thought we’d honor the reopening of the distillery in 1938 with something we still make in a dry county. Although Tennessee law permitted the distillery to resume operation, Moore County remained dry. Here’s to the repeal of prohibition and the reopening of the Jack Daniel Distillery. With the freedom to enjoy our whiskey, we ask that you do so responsibly.

Collectors’ tips: To protect the bottles in transport from the distillery, transparent disposable plastic molds were affixed to the bottles (top and bottom). While the value of their inclusion is debatable, purchasing as an intact set with bottles resting in the original plastic packaging decreases the likelihood of damage. While the 75th and 70th anniversary bottles are sometimes available for individual sale, serious collectors are encouraged to purchase as a complete set with the original display box and unaltered pamphlets with blank registration forms.

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