As a TripAdvsior.com’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence awardee, the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery is a great activity to enjoy on your next trip to the Smoky Mountains. During your visit to the distillery, you’ll see authentic moonshine stills still at work, and will smell the cooking and fermenting grains as they waft through the air. The distillers are on hand during the tours and are happy to answer your questions about the history and lore of moonshining in East Tennessee.
Appalachian Born and Bred – The Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery has been making moonshine for more than 200 years by families who were among the first to inhabit the Smoky Mountains. Like other Appalachian families, they developed the art of whiskey-making in order to survive during tough economic times. The word “moonshine” is believed to derive from the term “moonrakers” used for early English smugglers and the clandestine (by the light of the moon) nature of the operations of Appalachian distillers who produced and distributed whiskey.
Ole Smoky’s Original Moonshine is an un-aged 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. The Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, “The Holler”, is America’s most visited distillery and produces all of our signature flavors.