With a booming whiskey and moonshine industry, Tennessee is giving visitors a more substantial way to see the state’s great distilleries: the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. The trail gives visitors a more outlined itinerary of whiskey stops while discussing the state’s long relationship with distilling.
The Tennessee Whiskey Trail features 25 stops throughout Tennessee, including Nashville, Chattanooga and, of course, the Gatlinburg area. When you visit White Oak Lodge and Resort, make sure to get a free sample (and a jar or three) of the finest moonshine and whiskey around at these nearby distilleries.
- Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler
Ole Smoky is Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery and they have the top-notch moonshine to show it. Aside from the classic Apple Pie and Lemon Drop, White Lightnin’ is their versatile masterpiece.
- Ole Smoky Barrelhouse
Branching off their moonshine production, Ole Smoky makes a mean whiskey to boot – White Oak Barrel-aged whiskey with all-American flavor.
- Sugarlands Distilling Company
The distillery opened in 2014, but the flavors are bold throwbacks – Butterscotch Gold, Dynamite Cinnamon and Tennessee Sour Mash.
- Doc Collier Moonshine
William “Doc” Collier’s generations-old recipe has been passed down for generations in the Smoky Mountains, and now you get to try it, too. Try their unique Root Beer Float, Moonshine Brandy and the fruity Smoky Mountain Sunrise.
- Ole Smoky Barn
An extension of the Ole Smoky Holler with the same 120-proof goodness.
- Old Forge Distillery
Right next to the Old Mill, the distillery is always crafting something special. Inspired by the Old Mill Kitchens, get a taste of their French Toast, Coffee and Chocolate moonshines.
There’s more brewery where that came from, with distilleries located in Knoxville, Sevierville, Kodak, Newport and Hartford, you can make an entire week out of exploring the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Just remember to always drink responsibly!
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