Mountain Moonshine Tastings#2 in Best Things To Do in Gatlinburg
Moonshine tastings have become one of the trendiest activities in Gatlinburg for visitors of age. The Appalachian tradition of making moonshine in hidden mountain stills took hold in the early 20th century. Immigrants from Scotland and Ireland, who had settled in the mountains, found that the abundance of corn and clear mountain streams were perfect for making whiskey. Plus, the mountains provided plenty of hiding places for their illegal stills. The area eventually became known as Moonshiner's Paradise.
Recent visitors to Sugarlands Distilling Company, named for the area filled with sugar maple trees that was once the heart of moonshine country, didn't mind the 15-minute wait for the free moonshine tasting. Many commented on the great personalities of the hosts and the service. Nearby, the Ole Smoky Distillery also received kudos for its tastings and free live bluegrass music. Many visitors called this a must-do and some congregated daily in the rocking chairs in front of the open-air stage to listen to the music. Some visitors commented on a new ordinance that requires guests to purchase a $5 tasting ticket, but noted that they received a $5 voucher to spend in the store at the same time.
Both distilleries are located on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. Visitors must be 21 to participate in tastings or purchase moonshine, but families are welcome to enjoy the free live music at both venues. Visit the individual websites of each distillery to learn more about opening and closing hours.
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