When it comes to premium moonshine, Ole Smoky is the leading distiller in the United States. But the Ole Smoky brand is more than just moonshine.
Let's dive into the world of Ole Smoky and all it has to offer: premium moonshine, whiskey, canned cocktails, and more!
Ole Smoky's Roots & Appalachian Spirit
Ole Smoky may have launched in 2010, but they've been making moonshine for over a century.
Ole Smoky may have just launched over a decade ago, but the Ole Smoky roots run deep. Ole Smoky's Roots date back to the Great Smoky Mountains' earliest settlers. Now, for Ole Smoky, Tennessee remains home and the heart of the operation. After Tennessee's law changed, Ole Smoky became the first "federally licensed distillery" in Gatlinburg.
The Ole Smoky brand has continued to flourish since its debut. Along with the premium moonshine, Ole Smoky carries a line of whiskies and canned cocktails, growing the brand even further.
The Ole Smoky Distillery
There's more than one! Ole Smoky has four operating distilleries that are up and running. The distilleries are quite popular with distillery tours, so much so that the Ole Smoky distilleries are the most visited in America.
The four distilleries include Gatlinburg's "The Holler" and "The Barrelhouse," "The Barn" in Pigeon Forge, and finally, Nashville's "6th & Peabody". The Holler is quite popular. Not only is it the most visited Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, but it's also the most visited distillery in the country.
If you find yourself in East Tennessee, check out one of the Ole Smoky distilleries for an experience you won't regret. Have a tour, have some Ole Smoky Moonshine, and check out the nearby attractions.
What Is Moonshine?
Before we get into all the moonshine, let's understand what moonshine is.
What is moonshine? Moonshine is an unaged whiskey that's clear in color and made with a corn base. It's strong with a high alcohol content that can be as high as 95%. It's made with three simple ingredients: corn, sugar, and water, but technically, moonshine can be made of anything.
Many assume that moonshine dates back to the 1920s during Prohibition. People were desperate to get their hands on any sort of alcohol when the spirits ban took place. However, moonshine is much older than that. Moonshine dates back to the 18th century. It originated in England but quickly found its way to the United States. Although it wasn't born during the Prohibition Era, it did thrive tremendously during that period in time.
During Prohibition, moonshine was made at night to avoid detection, under the moon's shine. And that's where the name comes from, moonshine. Moonshine was known by many other names as well. A few examples include white whisky, white dog, and white lightning. It was also known as Mountain Dew.
Ole Smoky Moonshine
Let's start with some moonshine. The Ole Smoky Moonshine collection is extensive. If there's a flavor you're thinking of, there's probably an Ole Smoky Moonshine that goes with it.
As the leading distiller of moonshine, you can expect some seriously spectacular moonshine from Ole Smoky. Ole Smoky has produced moonshine since 2010, and since the start, Ole Smoky has racked up quite a few awards in the process.
Some of the Ole Smoky Moonshine flavors come with infused fruits inside that are full of flavor and goodness. The fruit is safe to eat and absolutely delicious. These flavors include peaches, pickles, cherries, and pineapples. If you're making a cocktail, throw a few of these in for extra flavor.
If you want to try moonshine without all the flavor, Ole Smoky Original Moonshine gives you a 100-year-old moonshine recipe that's unflavored and smooth. The Original is not to be confused with the Ole Smoky White Lightnin' or Ole Smoky Blue Flame, two other unflavored moonshines that work great as a cocktail base.
Ole Smoky Whiskey
Your automatic reaction to Ole Smoky is the moonshine, but there's more. Six years after Ole Smoky's launch in 2010, it launched its line of whiskies. It's not a small collection of whiskey. Ole Smoky has nearly twenty whiskies to choose from in the lineup. Let's talk about some Ole Smoky Whiskey favorites.
Let's start with a whiskey flavor you might not expect, Ole Smoky Tennessee Mango Habanero Whiskey. Sweet from the delicious mango flavor and a spicy kick from the habanero, Ole Smoky gives you a delightful whiskey to sip on over ice or as the base of the cocktail with some character. There's something about the balance between spicy and sweet, and that's what this whiskey gives you.
Or you may want something sweet without all the spice. Ole Smoky Tennessee Salty Caramel Whiskey is a delectable whiskey option for those with a giant sweet tooth. It's rich, liquid goodness with bursting sweetness at every sip.
The Ole Smoky brand isn't afraid to experiment with flavors that you might on see regularly. There are tons more, including a decadent Ole Smoky Peanut Butter Whiskey and a refreshing Ole Smoky Peach Whiskey. And there's plenty more where that came from. Other whiskies you may not expect include flavors like tiramisu, strawberry lemonade, elderberry, cookie dough, and root beer.
Ole Smoky Canned Cocktails
Canned cocktails are all the rage, and Ole Smoky has joined the party. If you're looking for canned cocktails to throw in the cooler or pop out of the fridge and immediately enjoy, check out the Ole Smoky canned cocktails. They're tasty and refreshing.
The four canned cocktails include the Mountain Rita, the Mountain Mule, Apple Pie Ginger, and my favorite, the Blackberry Lemonade.