Originally Posted by ignatz
At one time in the '80s, in a promotional JD gave a square inch of land to people so they could say they were "Tennessee Squires"; due, I presume, to my visit, they gave me one, with elaborate paperwork and signage. Mildly cool, I thought. Then a year later, I got a bill from the Moore county assessor for my property taxes--around $2/year, IIRC. I never paid it, of course--and got increasingly testy letters about it, until I finally wrote to JD and complained. I got a letter back that said, "Your tax problem in Tennessee has been taken care of. For this year, at least." I still have all the documentation and letters; I should scan and post them sometime.
After a trip to the distillery, sometime in 1996, my wife sent the distillery an email about how much of fan I am. Shortly after that, I got a package in the mail from the distillery...they had made me a squire
For a while, I received regular updates and yearly calendars from them. I still have my deed and a picture they sent me of the "plot" hanging on the wall. When you're in Lynchburg, grab a copy of the book "Jack Daniels Legacy", it's a great read.
Also, the distillery is in a dry county and they specifically said there's no taste testing, but because it was the centennial, Tennessee authorized them to sell a commemorative bottle at the distillery...$40 for a $25 bottle of liquor...still hasn't been opened