Friday, September 04, 2020


Brown-Forman, has announced that after 12 years in the role, Jeff Arnett is stepping down as Master Distiller at Jack Daniel’s.

Appointed Master Distiller in April 2008, Jeff has been responsible for the overall whiskey making operation at the Lynchburg, Tennessee based distillery.

Jack Daniel's outgoing Master Distiller Jeff Arnett

Prior to becoming Master Distiller, Jeff oversaw quality control and the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel program. Throughout his time at the distillery, he worked in a variety of capacities including warehousing, maturation, distillation, charcoal mellowing management, barrel quality and bottling.

During his time as Master Distiller, Jeff contributed to numerous innovations, and range extensions, including Sinatra Select, Single Barrel Barrel Proof, Single Barrel “Heritage Barrel” and the Tennessee Tasters’ limited edition series. 

He also helped to launch several flavoured whiskeys, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Tennessee Fire and Tennessee Apple, and most recently lent his expertise towards the crafting of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye, the first new grain bill from the Jack Daniel Distillery since Prohibition.

Commenting on the news, Jeff Arnett, said: “The last 20 years at the Jack Daniel Distillery have been an incredible chapter in my life and I look forward to spending some time to think about what the next chapter will hold. I wish everyone in Lynchburg the best and I am appreciative of the support and confidence they have shown in me to represent Jack Daniel's to the world during my time there. It has been an honor and privilege to be one of only a handful of people to have served as the Master Distiller of this wonderful brand known around the world as simply ‘Jack’.”

The distillery said it would be making an announcement on Jeff’s replacement in the coming weeks.

Posted by Steve Rush