Jack Daniels Master Distiller Jeff Arnett is stepping down from the helm of the American Whiskey titan. Arnett logged almost two decades at the Jack Daniels Distillery including 12 as Master Distiller.
“When Jeff became the Master Distiller, we said that he would carry on the long tradition of folks who have made the world’s best whiskey for more than 150 years, and that’s exactly what he’s done,” said Larry Combs, Jack Daniel Distillery SVP and General Manager. “He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the distillery and brought with him the creativity and the expertise that makes Jack Daniel’s the most valuable whiskey brand in the world. We thank him for his leadership not only at Jack Daniel’s but in the whiskey industry and wish him all the best.”
Arnett’s tenure was marked by a massive expansion of the JD range. The Master Distiller spearheaded the Distillery’s push into the premium market with expressions such as Sinatra Select, Single Barrel Barrel Proof, Single Barrel “Heritage Barrel” and the Tennessee Tasters’ limited edition series. He also created the mad-market targeted JD flavors such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Tennessee Fire and Tennessee Apple.
“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,” said Arnett in a statement. “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’.”
A successor for Arnett was not announced.