Ole Smoky Moonshine & Distillery
Here in the Smoky Mountains, our moonshine tradition runs strong. Our Scots-Irish ancestors brought their knowledge and skills of whiskey-making with them as they came to Appalachia. Conditions in the area were good for growing corn, but it didn’t take long to realize a lot more money could be made off of a gallon of corn liquor than a bushel. Once the law began cracking down on the industry, the nature of our people and the rugged mountain terrain made way for the hay day of bootlegging.
People here have always had a healthy mistrust of government. Families in our small mountain communities would often sound warnings to others upon sight of a strange vehicle. Folks weren’t real welcoming of federal “revenuers” seeking to shut down local stills. As evidenced by the lyrics of one of our State Songs, “Once two strangers climbed Ole Rocky Top looking for a moonshine still. Strangers ain’t come down from Rocky Top. Reckon they never will,” people here in the mountains didn’t want the government to interfere. The fiercely independent spirit of our people and the rough terrain of the mountains allowed our great whiskey tradition to flourish. Prohibition made the craft of making moonshine even more profitable.
With Prohibition came a great demand for moonshine in the big cities. Hiding an operation in the mountains was easy compared to the challenges of transporting your wares into town. Agents would hide out along backcountry roads, waiting for the chance to nail a moonshine runner. The mountains are full of stories of young men who ran liquor.
Recipes and traditions have been passed down through generations of families in the Virginias, Carolinas, Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee. Today, those tried and true family traditions live on in Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. Our families were growing corn and making whiskey here before Tennessee was a state, and after years of having to hide from the law, we’re proud to finally be able to legally share the best spirits in the mountains.
Available Moonshine in the Smokies
OLE SMOKY ® ORIGINAL MOONSHINE
For sippin’. A true moonshine experience. · Ole Smoky’s ® original moonshine is an unaged corn whiskey made from corn grown by local farmers in East Tennessee. Our century-old recipe proclaims a grain bill of 80% corn, with the remaining 20% a secret that gives Ole Smoky ® the distinct character and bold flavor of Tennessee moonshine. If you like whiskey, you don’t want to miss this one. Best drank from the Jar!
OLE SMOKY ® WHITE LIGHTNIN’ ™
For mixin’. Use it in place of vodka, gin or tequila in your favorite cocktails. · Ole Smoky’s ® White Lightnin’ ™ is made from 100% grain neutral spirits that have been distilled six times for premium smoothness. White Lightnin’ ™ is our alternative to vodka, gin and tequila and is perfect for making Apple Pie, Moonshine Margaritas, Moonshine Mojitos or the mixed drink of your choice.
OLE SMOKY ® MOONSHINE CHERRIES ™
A party in a jar! · Ole Smoky’s ® Moonshine Cherries ™ are an Appalachian party tradition. Each jar is hand-filled with fresh maraschino cherries soaked in Ole Smoky’s ® 100 proof moonshine. Each cherry says a sweet hello followed by a warm goodbye. Once the cherries have disappeared, enjoy the remaining Cherry Moonshine straight up or create the ultimate Cherry Coke or Shirley Temple. Pick up a jar of Ole Smoky’s Moonshine Cherries ™ on your way to any party or simply keep them all to yourself. Good day? Have a cherry. Bad day? Have a cherry.
OLE SMOKY ® APPLE PIE MOONSHINE ™
Americana in a jar. · Ah... the smell of Grandma’s apple pie cooling on the windowsill. Ole Smoky’s ® Apple Pie Moonshine ™ captures the same delicious combination of flavors - made with pure apple juice, ground cinnamon and other spices - blended with our homemade moonshine, an authentic recipe loved for ages in Appalachia. At 40 proof, it’s very drinkable and goes down as easy as a forkful of sweet apple pie. Some like it cold, some like it hot... personally, we like it straight out of a mason jar. Ole Smoky’s Apple Pie Moonshine ™ : two great tastes of Americana that taste great together.
OLE SMOKY ® PEACH MOONSHINE ™
Anyway you slice it, peach has long been a traditional flavor of the American South. From chilled preserves to warm cobbler - in homemade marinades,sauces and glazes - its flavor profile adds just the right touch of aromatic sweetness. Ole Smoky ® celebrates this beloved summer stone fruit with OleSmoky’s ® Peach Lightnin’ Moonshine ™. At 40 proof, you’ll find it easy to sip, whether straight, over ice or mixed into a creative cocktail. · We think it’s peachy keen.
OLE SMOKY ® BLACKBERRY MOONSHINE ™
One of the joys of country livin’ is pickin’ wild blackberries. This fresh sun-ripened sweetness can now be found in Ole Smoky’s ® Blackberry Moonshine ™, a mason jar full of delicious flavor from our own family recipe. It’s perfect for sipping at a backyard barbeque - or better yet, on the front porch, where you can share with the neighbors. 40 Proof · It’s ripe for the pickin’!
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