Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery


     Moonshine is often considered a taboo subject, especially in the mountains of East Tennessee. Having spent years making their whiskey illegally by only the light of the moon, moonshiners are slowly making their way out of hiding and into the open air. With the recent change of legislation, distilleries are making their presence known in the Smoky Mountain area and meeting the overwhelming demand for customer requests.

     Located on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine is pulling back the veil of the hidden art of whiskey making. As the first federally licensed distillery in East Tennessee history, Ole Smoky is giving visitors an up-close, taste-and-see approach to their processes.

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     In the late 1700’s, Scottish Irish settlers brought their knowledge of whiskey making to America. Living in an area of the mountains where corn prospered but farmers didn’t exactly turn a high profit from simply selling bushels, these individuals put their knowledge to good use. When the government imposed an excise tax on whiskey, these settlers headed underground to continue their operations. While bootleggers continued to produce the whiskey, the process was almost never discussed due to repercussions from the long arm of the law.

     Today much has changed, as patrons can now enter the Ole Smoky Distillery and head up to the bar where employees openly offer samples of some of the strongest liquor on the market. With several different ‘shine varieties available, there is something for every palate. Long gone are the days of hidden barrels and hushed distribution. Ole Smoky Distillery is continuing their whiskey making family tradition, but this time it takes place in the sunshine.

     Ole Smoky Moonshine is located at 903 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Store hours are 10am-10pm. No alcohol is sold on Sundays.


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