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Other than its gorgeous views and exciting attractions, there’s another thing that the Smoky Mountain area has become known for: moonshine.
Whenever you visit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you can’t miss the numerous distilleries. Of course one moonshine distillery that has taken the towns by storm is Ole Smoky Moonshine.
To help you learn more about it, we’ve put together a guide to all you need to know about Ole Smoky Moonshine and its history.
- 1 1. Appalachian Born and Bred
- 2 Ole Smoky Distillery – Wikipedia
- 3 How Long Does Moonshine Last ?
- 3.1 How Long Does Homemade Moonshine Last?
- 3.2 How Do You Know If Moonshine Is Bad?
- 3.3 What Happens If You Drink Bad Moonshine?
- 3.4 How Long Is Moonshine Good For In A Jar?
- 3.5 Does Moonshine Get Stronger The Longer It Sits?
- 3.6 Will Moonshine Go Bad?
- 3.7 How Do You Store Moonshine After Opening?
- 3.8 Why Is My Moonshine Blue?
- 3.9 Can Botulism Grow In Moonshine?
- 3.10 Why Can’t You Drink The First Batch Of Moonshine?
- 4 Ole Smoky Moonshine Review | Prices, Hours, & Photos
- 5 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Appalachian Born and Bred
Ole Smoky Moonshine has deep roots in Smoky Mountain history. The Ole Smoky families are actually among the first to step foot in the Smoky Mountains. To survive through tough economic times, the families mastered the art of whiskey making.
2. First Federally Licensed Distillery in East Tennessee
3. Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler is America’s Most Visited Distillery
The original Ole Smoky Moonshine in Gatlinburg, also called “The Holler,” is America’s most visited distillery! In 2018, it welcomed over 2 million visitors.
Here, you can find all of the company’s signature flavors, including White Lightnin’ and Apple Pie Moonshine. You’ll be able to see authentic-working moonshine stills and see the process from beginning to end.
You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with the distillers and ask any questions you have about the history of moonshining.
4. Family Recipe Dates Back to the Late 1800s
We’re sure you’ve heard of Ole Smoky’s signature flavors, and maybe even tried some when you visited, but did you know the moonshine is made from a family recipe that dates back to the late 1800s? Ole Smoky Moonshine was built from passed-down secrets and traditions in Tennessee. Visitors love sampling their Original Unaged Corn Whiskey, Moonshine Cherries, White Lightnin’ and world-famous Apple Pie flavors.
5. Offers Free Bluegrass Music
6. Get $5 Moonshine Tastings
Your visit to Ole Smoky Moonshine wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of their famous shine! For just $5 you can taste their most popular flavors, as well as some seasonal flavors. That $5 can go toward the purchase of a jar of moonshine or another Ole Smoky item! Sample everything from Mountain Java to Blue Flame.
More About Ole Smoky Moonshine
When you visit the Smoky Mountains, you don’t want to miss the chance to stop by Ole Smoky Moonshine.
If you’re in Gatlinburg, visit The Holler downtown, or head to Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse to sample some of their whiskey.
If you’re in Pigeon Forge, stop by Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn at The Island! All locations offer $5 samplings for visitors to try, and you can purchase some of their famous shine to take with you. See all their locations below:
- The Holler
903 Parkway Suite 128,
- Gatlinburg, TN 37738
- The Barn
131 Island Drive,
- Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
- The Barrelhouse
- Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Start planning your visit to Ole Smoky Moonshine today to sample their famous moonshine! To learn more about the history of moonshine, read our blog, “The History of Smoky Mountain Moonshine.”
Ole Smoky Distillery – Wikipedia
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine is a corn whiskey distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Their downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee facility features two working copper stills. Visitors are able to see the distilling process up close while learning about the history of moonshine production in the Smoky Mountains.
 $5 samples are offered. The Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, “The Holler”, is America's most visited distillery. A second distillery, dubbed The Barn, opened in fall 2014 in Pigeon Forge.
Ole Smoky opened a new facility called Mashville next to Yazoo Brewing Company in the heart of Nashville in the spring of 2019.
When Tennessee state law changed to allow the distillation of spirits, Ole Smoky Distillery, LLC became the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee.
 The distillery opened the weekend of July 4, 2010. At opening, it was one of only four distilleries operating in the state.
Jack Daniel's and George Dickel received their licenses before Prohibition, and Benjamin Prichard's opened their Tennessee facility in 1997.
Currently,[when?] Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine nationally retails fifteen flavors of moonshine made using authentic East Tennessee recipes, jarred and shipped directly from the company's Gatlinburg distillery.
Original Moonshine (100 proof), White Lightnin' (100 proof), Lightnin' Line (80 proof): Strawberry Lightnin', Lemon Drop Lightnin' and Hunch Punch Lightnin', and the 40 proof line including: Moonshine Cherries, Peach Moonshine, Apple Pie Moonshine, Blackberry Moonshine, Strawberry Moonshine, Lemon Drop Moonshine, Pineapple Moonshine, Watermelon Moonshine, Sweet Tea Moonshine and Charred Moonshine are available selectively in 49 states and Canada. The distillery uses a 100-year-old family recipe, which was perfected with the help of Dave Pickerell, who served as the Master Distiller for Maker's Mark for over 15 years. The ingredients are locally sourced.
Ole Smoky Distillery also produces a peanut butter whiskey that received ten well-known spirits awards in November 2020.
Media coverage of Ole Smoky's opening included a visit by the Today Show and an appearance on Martha Stewart Living Radio. They continue to garner national media coverage in major press and consumer publications.
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- Official website
- Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce listing
- Trip Advisor reviews
- Today Show segment on Ole Smoky
- Knoxville News Sentinel article on grand opening
Coordinates: 35°42′39″N 83°31′10″W / 35.71087°N 83.51936°W / 35.71087; -83.51936
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How Long Does Moonshine Last ?
Moonshine is a high-proof distilled spirit that was historically produced illicitly, without government oversight or taxation. Moonshine is typically made with corn mash and is clear in color. It has a potent aroma and a fiery flavor. Moonshine is also known as white lightning, hooch, and mountain dew.
Moonshine has a long shelf life and does not require refrigeration. However, it is best consumed within a year of production. After that, the flavor of the moonshine will begin to deteriorate.
How Long Does Homemade Moonshine Last?
In an airtight container, it should last 3 – 4 months in the back of your refrigerator. If you seal your jars properly in your mason jars, they can last up to three years. Properly sealed jars of moonshine do not need to be stored in the refrigerator until they are opened.
How Do You Know If Moonshine Is Bad?
If moonshine is bad, it will usually have a foul odor, off-taste, and may even cause nausea or vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms after consuming moonshine, it is best to seek medical attention immediately.
What Happens If You Drink Bad Moonshine?
If you drink moonshine that has been distilled improperly, you run the risk of consuming methanol. Methanol is a toxic alcohol that can cause serious health problems if consumed in large quantities. Small amounts of methanol can cause blindness, and large amounts can be fatal. If you drink bad moonshine, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
How Long Is Moonshine Good For In A Jar?
Moonshine that is unopened and stored properly can last indefinitely. However, once a jar of moonshine is opened, the shelf life is only 2-3 years.
Does Moonshine Get Stronger The Longer It Sits?
Moonshine does not get stronger the longer it sits. The alcohol content will remain the same because moonshine is a distilled spirit and is not exposed to air that would cause evaporation and concentration of the alcohol.
Will Moonshine Go Bad?
Moonshine is a high-proof distilled spirit that has been around for centuries. This clear liquor is usually made from corn, and sometimes other grains, and it typically has a higher alcohol content than other types of alcohol. moonshine is typically around 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof), but it can be as high as 95% alcohol (190 proof).
Because of its high alcohol content, moonshine is less susceptible to spoilage than other alcoholic beverages. However, flavored moonshines that contain sugar can develop mold or other contaminants over time. The best way to store moonshine is in a cool, dark place in a sealed container. If stored properly, moonshine can last indefinitely.
How Do You Store Moonshine After Opening?
Moonshine can be stored in sealed glass bottles in a dark location away from direct sunlight. Glass keeps the flavor authentic while preventing spoilage. If you want to store the moonshine for a long time, refrigerate it.
Why Is My Moonshine Blue?
If moonshine is distilled in a copper still, it may turn blue due to the alcohol vapor corroding the copper metal. As the copper is literally eaten away, fragments transfer into the moonshine batch, which ultimately gives it a bluish tint.
Can Botulism Grow In Moonshine?
Botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by a toxin that attacks the nervous system. Symptoms of botulism include weakness, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, and paralysis. If untreated, botulism can be fatal.
The toxin that causes botulism is produced by bacteria, and it can grow in improperly canned or preserved foods. It can also grow in moonshine that has not been properly distilled. When the process of distillation is not monitored correctly, the conditions may be right for bacteria to grow and produce the toxin.
If you drink moonshine that has been contaminated with the toxin, you may develop botulism.
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Ole Smoky Moonshine Review | Prices, Hours, & Photos
A visit to Ole Smoky Moonshine is a true Appalachian experience. The mountain-made Moonshine is not cheap, but it’s authentic and well worth its $30 price tag. Even if you don’t buy anything, the $5 Moonshine tasting and distillery tour make this a worthy stop.
– The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, which is conveniently located in Ole Smoky Holler in downtown Gatlinburg, originally opened during the 2010 July Fourth Weekend. When they opened, Ole Smoky Moonshine was the first and only federally licensed distillery in all of East Tennessee. Now, the popular Moonshiners’ little ‘hideout’ is one of the most frequented tourist spots in the Smoky Mountains.
Prior to reaching the Ole Smoky Moonshine distillery, the unique aroma of fermenting grains will confirm you are in the right spot.
After passing a small stream, rocking chairs, and a stage with live music, you will reach an authentic working moonshine still.
Here, you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Tennessee moonshine and experience the distilling process from beginning to end.
The walk-through museum is free and is sure to give you a new appreciation for the moonshine you are about to taste. At the conclusion of the tour, you will have the opportunity to stop at the Moonshine store to sample the traditional flavor .
. . and the apple pie, peach, blackberry, white lightnin’, and the other seasonal flavors. The charge for sampling the moonshine is an affordable $5.
However, if you purchase anything in the store, the $5 fee is applied towards your purchase!
Some of the customer favorites include:
Original Moonshine (100 Proof) –
This is the correct choice for those wanting the ‘authentic’ moonshine experience. A combination of 80% corn and a top-secret ingredient results in a high-octane, bold flavored moonshine.
White Lightnin’ (100 Proof) –
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are children allowed on site?
Yes, children are welcome at all distillery locations. However, in order to participate in the Guided Tour, all guests must be 13+.
Are dogs allowed on premise?
Yes, dogs are allowed inside the building at our locations in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
For our Nashville location, pets are only allowed in the outdoor area. Pets are not allowed to join the Guided Tour at the Holler or 6th and Peabody.
How many bottles of moonshine/whiskey can I fly with?
Please check the TSA guidelines and confirm directly with your airline. They are never allowed in carry-on bags, however.
How much does a tasting cost? How many samples do you get for the money?
Tastings at our Sevier County locations are $5, and you receive a $5 off coupon towards your purchase and a variety of flavor samples. At our Nashville location, tastings are $10. The tasting includes a $10 coupon towards your purchase, various flavor samples and a Yee-Haw beer.
We accept paper IDs if they are within 30 days of their issue date, a supervisor will double check any paper ID.
Is there parking at your locations?
While our locations do not offer parking exclusively for our distilleries, there is convenient public parking nearby.
Do we have to schedule a time to do a tasting?
No. Just come in to visit with us and step up to a tasting bar with space available and our friendly shine-slingers will help you out
How do I sign up for the guided tours of the distillery?
Guided distillery tours are now available at The Holler in Gatlinburg and 6th and Peabody in Nashville. Click here to Book A Tour.
Can I still buy moonshine and whiskey on Sundays? Is it illegal to drive over state lines with the moonshine/whiskey? What is your return policy?
If you have questions about a return or exchange, please email us at [email protected] with your name, phone number, and order/receipt number.
Do you ship your moonshine and whiskey?
We are not able to ship our products directly to consumers due to federal laws. However, we do distribute to all 50 states. Some states are eligible to order via our online partner, Reserve Bar.
How can I find out what liquor stores carry your product?
Visit our Find-A-Jar page to find moonshine and whiskey flavors in your area. Be sure to call retail locations to check availability.