Discover the Smoky Mountains, One Flavorful Moonshine at a Time
Moonshine Tasting in the Great Smokies
If you're yearning for a journey back in time, moonshine tasting provides a unique and thrilling adventure set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains. In the heart of Appalachia, moonshine has undergone a remarkable transformation, evolving from a once-illicit spirit produced in clandestine operations into a celebrated craft.
Understanding the historical foundations of moonshine tasting is crucial to fully appreciating the craft. Any illegally made alcohol, usually in remote and mountainous areas, is referred to as "moonshine." Moonshining has a long history in the Smoky Mountains extending back to the early 19th century when settlers distilled their own spirits as a source of money and nutrition. Despite being against the law, moonshiners could create and sell their own drinks because of the Smokies' rough terrain. Production of moonshine increased dramatically during Prohibition in the 1920s, and as moonshiners raced the lawbreakers in their modified cars, NASCAR was born. Moonshining evolved over the years from a clandestine activity to a beloved custom, with families passing down their recipes and methods to succeeding generations.
The practice of moonshining is now accepted, regulated and flourishing in the Smoky Mountains, where distilleries are embracing their history and producing premium spirits for connoisseurs to enjoy.
There are numerous moonshine producers in the Smoky Mountains, and each one puts its own distinctive touch on this traditional Appalachian drink. Join our Moonshine Trail, a self-guided tour of some of the most well-known distilleries in the area.
Ole Smoky Moonshine
One of the most well-known distilleries in the area is Ole Smoky Moonshine, which is situated in Gatlinburg and in The Island in Pigeon Forge. You may try a variety of flavors here, from traditional Corn Whiskey to imaginative creations like Apple Pie and Hunch Punch.
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Gatlinburg-based Sugarlands Distilling Company mixes age-old Appalachian recipes with cutting-edge distillation methods to create its distinctive spirits.
Tennessee Shine Company
Gatlinburg's latest addition to the distillery scene is The Tennessee Shine Company, a fresh establishment that has recently opened its doors. This locally owned and operated chain can be discovered throughout the enchanting landscape of the Smoky Mountains.
While each distillery may add its own unique flair, the fundamental steps remain consistent. A lively and knowledgeable bartender will guide you through the tasting, offering insights into the various flavors and their crafting processes. While each bartender may bring their own distinctive style to the experience, you can count on a dose of humor and an effort to make your tasting as enjoyable as possible.
Once the tasting concludes, you're free to explore the distillery's store. Here, you can peruse an array of moonshine options and pick up some memorable souvenirs to bring a piece of your Smoky Mountains moonshine adventure back home with you!
You must be at least 21 years old to enter the distilleries and participate in the tastings.
Please savor your experience responsibly.