Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery

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  • Address: 903 Parkway Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8654366995
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Winery, Adults

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery - Review

Visit the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery and soak up the smell of cooking and fermenting grains. Be inspired by America’s most visited distillery and their signature flavours. Stroll along and see the authentic moonshine still. A moonshine still is an apparatus designed to create a homemade mash whiskey called "moonshine." The still is a large copper pot with a tight lid and a narrow conical vent at the top. This vent leads the vapours through a coiled length of copper tubing and ultimately into a container for storage. It got its name because distilling operations were run under the cover of darkness. The full moon and cool night air helped with the process of converting vapour into liquid.

It was set up near a flowing creek which served as a primitive cooler for the copper tubing. The moonshiner would mix corn meal, sugar, water and yeast in a large container. This was then transferred to the device itself. After few days of fermentation, this mash would acquire a characteristic odour. This was another reason why the distillery was set up in isolated locations. Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine is conveniently located in Ole Smoky Holler in downtown Gatlinburg. It 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 you will pass a small stream, rocking chairs, and a stage with live music. At the distillery you will have the chance to learn about the history of Tennessee moonshine. You will also experience the distilling process from beginning to end. The walk-through museum is free. It gives you a new appreciation for the moonshine you are about to taste. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to stop at the Moonshine store. Sample the traditional flavours of the apple pie, peach, blackberry and other seasonal relishes. Choose from samples of Original Corn Whiskey, to White Lightnin, and Cherry Moonshine.

The mountain people hid their craft for centuries. Now they celebrate their rich history with you.

Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery Information

  • Entry is free.
  • They have Military Discount, Active Military, and Local Resident Discount.
  • They accept Visa, Cash, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX.
  • This is the only place that offered live entertainment outside.
  • The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

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  • Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery Address: 903 Parkway Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, United States
  • Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery Contact Number: +1-8654366995
  • Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery Timing: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery(preferred time): 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  • 95% of people who visit Gatlinburg include Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in their plan

  • 32.88% of people start their Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery

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68.39% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery

People normally club together Ripley's Aquarium Of The Smokies and Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway while planning their visit to Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery.

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Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Gatlinburg Reviews

  • We had an awesome time here! DO THE TASTING! $5 and it’s the equivalent of 3.5 shots. Great way to sample everything in the store and get a good buzz! You are not going to be disappointed with this place. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the products. They frequently feature live music outside and have a great area full of rocking chairs for you to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. I will definitely be back!

  • We visited 8/17/18. Awesome staff! Thanks to Chris for the tour & his knowledge of the process. Thanks to Mike for his sense of humor & keeping things fun during the tasting rounds. The Mountain Java is amazing! Blue Flame 😲 ya might wanna have a water bottle handy. Good stuff! Salted caramel whiskey is perfection. I enjoyed the dill pickles, though I understand they're not for everyone. I really like the presentation of the store also. Live music outside was icing on the cake 😁. Highly recommended!

  • This place has a great atmosphere! We got to start the tasting almost immediately, and Matt was a hilarious bartender who had some really good ideas for incorporating moonshine into different drinks and cocktails. We ended up buying 3 bottles: BlackBerry, buckeye and salted Carmel. They also have a great military discount for those that qualify. The only thing to look out for is the parking. The sign says to turn right for parking, but it’s $6 and you can’t really back out once you get there. You do have to pay for a lot of parking so we didn’t really mind, but it was kind of annoying we didn’t know we were pulling into a pay lot. It looked like the street behind it along the river was free, but don’t quote me on that.

  • Fantastic moonshine distillery!! The staff is super fun and I recommend doing a tasting before purchasing so you know what your getting!! Tastings are 5 bucks but you get 5 dollars off your purchase so it evens out. I got the apple Pie flavor and it’s great!!!

  • My wife and I enjoyed visiting the Ole Smoky Moonshine distillery. As we walked up to the store, we heard a Blue Grass Band playing, entertaining the customers. When entering the store you immediately notice the slight smell of moonshine. Inside the store you will find all types of Ole Smoky products including candles, bottles, cups, shirts, flasks and the main product, Moonshine. You will find many different flavors to choose from displayed on the walls. If you can't decide on one, pay the $5 and get a tasting of up to 13 different flavors. They will even apply the $5 towards your purchase afterwards. The employees doing the tastings are very entertaining. They keep you laughing and having a good time while you sample the Moonshine. This is definitely a great place to visit and learn more about Moonshine and possibly find a new favorite drink.

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