Moonshine tasting in Gatlinburg, our top 6 distilleries ranked

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Ole Smoky Moonshine is one of the most popular distilleries in downtown Gatlinburg with multiple locations (photo by Marie Graichen/TheSmokies.com)

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No trip to the Great Smoky Mountains is complete without a moonshine tasting in Gatlinburg.

However, with so many amazing distilleries to choose from, the options may seem overwhelming.

How much is moonshine tasting in Gatlinburg?

Most of the moonshine distilleries along the strip in Gatlinburg offer tastings for $5 per person.

However, if you go a little off the strip, sometimes you can get some free moonshine samples from local liquor stores.

Also, some of the wineries along the Gatlinburg strip will let you do a tasting for free, but tips are always recommended.

If you’re looking to do a moonshine tasting in Gatlinburg, start here with our list of top moonshine distilleries in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Also, remember that you can book a guided moonshine tour if you’re not sure where to start.

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Sugarlands Distillery
Sugarlands is the official moonshine of NASCAR (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

1. Sugarlands Distilling Company

Sugarlands is a popular distillery where guests are invited to taste samples of spirits, take behind-the-scenes tours and shop for merchandise and apparel.

The hosts are notorious for being personable, knowledgeable and entertaining. Sugarlands is the official moonshine of NASCAR. Tastings are just $5. Tours start at $12 per person, at the time of this writing.

  • Address: 805 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Phone: (865) 325-1355
  • Website: sugarlands.com

Read Also: What is there to do on the strip in Gatlinburg? Your top 5 options

Music at Ole Smoky
Sometimes you can catch live music at Ole Smoky in Gatlinburg (photo by Marie Graichen/TheSmokies.com)

2. Ole Smoky

Ole Smoky was the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee. Notably, it’s the most visited distillery in the world.

They have 3 locations in the Smoky Mountains: “The Holler” and “The Barrelhouse” in Gatlinburg and “The Barn” in Pigeon Forge (at The Island).

All locations have merchandise and apparel for sale, and tastings are just $5. The Holler often offers live music.

  • The Holler: 902 Parkway, Suite 128, Gatlinburg, TN
  • The Barrelhouse: 650 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Phone: (865) 436-6995
  • Website: olesmoky.com

Read Also: Your guide to every moonshine flavor in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge

Tennessee Shine Co
Tennessee Shine Co. has multiple locations, including along the strip in Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

3. Tennessee Shine Company

Tennessee Shine Company is a craft distillery with locations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley and Sevierville.

They offer tours and tastings with approximately 20 flavors of moonshine. They offer many specialty flavors, including Moon Pie flavors, for instance.

  • Gatlinburg: 519 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN
  • Phone: (865) 325-1468
  • Website: tnshineco.com
Old Forge Distillery is located in the Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Honorable Mention: Old Forge Distillery

First of all, the honorable mentions are located off the strip in Gatlinburg.

However, the benefit to that is the samples are usually free.

Located in Pigeon Forge, the Old Forge Distillery is a boutique distillery with flavored spirits, tastings and a gift shop.

Old Forge is located in the Old Mill Square, which is a landmark in the area as one of the oldest, continuously operating mills in the country. The tasting bar is open daily.

Honorable Mention: Old Tennessee Distilling Co.

Secondly, another great place off the strip is Old Tennessee Distilling Co. They produce corn whiskey, rum, gin and moonshine. Tastings are free.

Located in Kodak, it’s a good option for those who are looking for something a little further out from the Gatlinburg crowds.

Tanger Outlets
Smith Creek Moonshine is located within the Tanger Outlets shopping center (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Honorable Mention: Smith Creek Moonshine

Finally, Smith Creek is a moonshine-tasting destination conveniently located at Tanger Outlets in Sevierville.

The store offers bottled shines, apparel, jams, dry rubs and more. For example, popular flavors include Sweet Tea, Apple Pie, Salted Caramel and Peach.

Have you done a moonshine tasting in Gatlinburg? Let us know in the comments.

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