The Jack Daniel Distillery has announced the appointment of Jeff Arnett as master distiller.

Arnett, a native Tennessean, will become the seventh master distiller in the company's history, replacing Jimmy Bedford, who announced his retirement from the position last month.

As master distiller, Arnett will oversee the entire whiskey-making process of milling, yeasting, fermentation, distillation, charcoal mellowing and maturation.

"I fully understand the huge shoes that I'll be stepping into and can't begin to express my appreciation to those who have entrusted me with this position," said Arnett. "I look forward to carrying on the Jack Daniel's tradition."

Arnett began his career at the Jack Daniel Distillery seven years ago in quality control and overseeing Jack Daniel's Single Barrel. Since then, he has worked in a variety of capacities throughout the distillery, including warehousing, maturation, distillation, charcoal mellowing management, barrel quality and bottling, as well as being a member of the Master Tasters' panel.

Previous to his work with Jack Daniel's, Arnett served as production manager and engineer in the food and beverage industry for ten years.