Tuesday 24 October 2017

Jack Daniel's 'invented in Wales'

A Welsh businessman claims his great-great-grandmother invented Jack Daniel's in Llanelli in 1853
A Welsh businessman claims his great-great-grandmother invented Jack Daniel's in Llanelli in 1853

A businessman believes he has found the original recipe for Jack Daniel's whiskey in a Welsh book of herbal remedies.

The spirit is described as "Tennessee whiskey" but Mark Evans claims his great-great-grandmother invented it in Llanelli in west Wales in 1853.

A book containing the lost recipe, which is written in Welsh, was handed to Mr Evans's grandmother Lillian Daniel's Probert, 97, by her grandmother, who was known for creating herbal medicines and ointments in her time.

Mr Evans believes the recipe was taken to Lynchburg, Tennessee, by her brother-in-law - John "Jack the lad" Daniels - where Jack Daniel's whiskey is distilled.

"My great-great-grandmother wrote in the book in 1853, and Jack Daniel's is dated 1866, so it predates it," Mr Evans told the Llanelli Star.

"There is a link, because my grandmother's grandfather's brother - my great-great uncle - left for America and nobody ever heard from him after a couple of letters.

"That was during the time that Jack Daniel's was set up, but more important than that, he was called John 'Jack the Lad' Daniels.

"We know he went to Lynchburg, Tennessee, but nobody knows what happened after that."

It is accepted that the founder of Jack Daniel's was from Wales but the records of the world's best selling whiskey were lost in a fire.

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