When in Tennessee, drink like the Tennesseans! That’s exactly what we did our first day on vacation in the Volunteer state. Just a short drive into Pigeon Forge brought us to The Landing. It’s a bit touristy but if you can get past that there are a lot of great places to see. One item on our Tennessee bucket list was to pick up some moonshine at a local distillery.
Ole Smoky Moonshine in Pigeon Forge is the second location of the local distillery. The original distillery opened in Gatlinburg and is one of the most visited sites for moonshine in America. Ole Smoky Moonshine was the first federally licensed distillery in East Tennessee. Stepping foot inside you’ll notice nothing but wall shelving filled to the brim with unique flavored moonshine. We were in awe looking at each and every flavor!
The distillery offers free tastings so you can sample the different flavors. A knowledgeable bartender can tell you anything you want to know about each sample. Judd took his chances on the blackberry moonshine which he felt was too sweet. His next choice was the strongest moonshine offered in Tennessee, Blue Flame. It received its name because when burned this moonshine’s flame is blue. At 128 proof it’s pretty intense!
I opted for something fruity. Hunch Punch moonshine is like a party in your mouth! It’s sweet with enough burn to remind you it’s moonshine! We wandered around the store checking out each flavor and debating which one would come home with us. Instead of picking just one, we went with the Hunch Punch and Peaches soaked Moonshine. Both came in a perfectly sized mason jar as moonshine should be!
After perusing through the distillery we headed outside where a local blue grass band was playing. We watched them play as the sun set slowly below the Great Smokey Mountains. It was a wonderful way to spend our first evening in Tennessee! If you ever find yourself in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg stop by Ole Smoky Moonshine. It’s worth the free moonshine samples alone!