Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
When Tennessee state law recently changed to allow the distillation of spirits, one family saw an opportunity to showcase the art of superior mountain-made moonshine. The Ole Smoky Distillery is the product of the hard work and experience of a Tennessee family that has made moonshine in the mountains for the last two hundred years. Ole Smoky is the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee.
This is a local family business. Their whiskey is born in the fertile soil of East Tennessee farms where their corn is raised and then transported to the family’s mill to be ground for Tennessee’s original moonshine. At the distillery, the grains are converted into the clear corn liquor the stuff that their part of the country is famous for. Here’s what they have to say about their family business:
“Our families were among the early settlers of the Smoky Mountains – they came to the Smokies through Virginia and North Carolina. They honed the art of whiskey making in order to survive during tough economic times. Most families from this area share a history of a family member making, running or selling whiskey. Today, the true moonshiners and bootleggers still consider it taboo to tell stories or brag about moonshine glory. Because of the consequences, talking about your craft or trade was something you just didn’t do.”
Here’s to family enterprise, thriving and shining in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.