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Once again, Ole Smoky Distilleries has welcomed a record number of visitors! In 2019, the 4 Tennessee distilleries saw 4.5 million visitors. This is more than twice as many guests as all of Scotland’s distilleries combined! In 2018, Ole Smoky Distilleries welcomed 4.1 million visitors. Each Ole Smoky distillery in the Smoky Mountains had between 1.1 million and 2.1 million visitors, and Ole Smoky’s newest distillery in Nashville, 6th & Peabody, welcomed over 200,000 since its fall opening. The numbers come as no surprise, because one of the most popular things to do for adults in the Smokies is try some of their famous moonshine! We’ve got all the details on each Ole Smoky distillery and why you should visit during your vacation.
Record 4.5 Million Visitors at Ole Smoky Distilleries in 2019
Ole Smoky Distilleries broke its visitation record once again! In 2019, 2.1 people visited The Holler in Gatlinburg, 1.1 million visited The Barrelhouse in Gatlinburg and 1.1 visited The Barn in Pigeon Forge. As mentioned before, the company’s latest distillery in Nashville welcomed over 200,000 visitors after it opened in the fall. In comparison, Scotland’s 68 whiskey distilleries saw 2 million visitors in 2018 and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail’s 17 distilleries saw 1.4 million people. This past year, Ole Smoky introduced more than 20 new varieties of moonshine and whiskey, in addition to the popular Moonshine Pickles! Visitors can expect even more new products in 2020.
Record 4.1 Million Visitors at Ole Smoky Distilleries in 2018
In 2018, Ole Smoky’s 3 distilleries welcomed a total of 4.1 million visitors. The Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler in Gatlinburg had more than 2 million visitors, Gatlinburg’s Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse had more than 900,000, and The Barn location in Pigeon Forge had 1.1 million. To put that into perspective, Ole Smoky entertained more than twice as many guests as all of Scotland’s distilleries combined!
Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler
The Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler in Gatlinburg is America’s most visited distillery! It produces all the signature Ole Smoky flavors you love, as well as some flavors you can’t get anywhere else. For just $5, sample flavors like Apple Pie, White Lightnin’, Real Dill Shine, and more! The Holler also hosts free live music for guests to enjoy.
Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse
Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse is an expansion of the brand’s line of moonshines. They offer a fresh take on an old whiskey. Flavors you can find at the Barrelhouse include Cinnamon, Pecan, Salty Caramel, Straight, Root Beer, Mango Habanero, Peach, Salty Watermelon, and Tennessee Turtle. They also have Cookies & Cream, Tennessee Mud, and Honey! For $5, you can taste all of their flavors.
Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery at The Barn
You can sip moonshine at The Island in Pigeon Forge! The Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn has all the same elements as the Gatlinburg location, including a distillery, tasting bar, and retail store. When you visit this location, you can enjoy live bluegrass music on the outdoor stage.
About Ole Smoky Distillery
Ole Smoky Distillery is the leading distiller of premium moonshine in the world! It was founded in 2010, and its roots can be traced to the Smoky Mountains’ earliest settlers, families who produced moonshine with enduring pride and Appalachian spirit. Ole Smoky offers more than 25 creative moonshine flavors and 17 inventive whiskey flavors. With the addition of 6th & Peabody in Nashville, there are now 4 locations total.
Other Distilleries in the Smoky Mountains
Ole Smoky isn’t the only distillery in the Smoky Mountains. Tennessee is famous for its whiskey and moonshine, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to taste some when you visit. Sugarlands Distilling Company is ranked as one of the top things to do in Gatlinburg. It features moonshine flavors from the stars of the hit show, “Moonshiners,” along with Sugarlands Shine originals. Doc Collier Moonshine offers a variety of unaged corn whiskey flavors, including Blackberry, Greenbrier Apple, and Peach. It’s named after legendary Smoky Mountain bootlegger William “Doc” Collier. Other popular distilleries are Old Forge Distillery, Tennessee Legend Distillery, and Thunder Road Distillery.
We bet you can’t wait to plan your trip to Ole Smoky and all the other distilleries in the Smoky Mountains! Check out more things to do in the Smoky Mountains while you’re here, and plan your visit.