- 0.1 Can you drink Ole Smoky Moonshine?
- 0.2 What company owns Ole Smoky Moonshine?
- 1 Is moonshine a rum or whiskey?
- 2 How long does Ole Smoky Moonshine stay good?
- 3 Is Ole Smoky a bourbon?
- 4 Is Ole Smoky Moonshine vodka?
Can you drink Ole Smoky Moonshine?
Everybody loves a good, strong drink in the evening to wind down after a long day. Some people prefer beer or wine, while others love the unique taste of a freshly mixed cocktail. Sure, vodka and gin are fun but have you ever experienced the complexity of an Ole Smokey Moonshine cocktail? Ole Smoky Moonshine is a Tennessee-made liquor that tastes great when mixed with almost anything! If you’re unsure of how to drink Ole Smokey Moonshine and need some ideas for tasty moonshine cocktails, you’ve come to the right place.
What type of alcohol is Ole Smoky Moonshine?
Products – Currently, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine nationally retails fifteen flavors of moonshine made using authentic East Tennessee recipes, jarred and shipped directly from the company’s Gatlinburg distillery. Original Moonshine (100 proof), White Lightnin’ (100 proof), Lightnin’ Line (80 proof): Strawberry Lightnin’, Lemon Drop Lightnin’ and Hunch Punch Lightnin’, and the 40 proof line including: Moonshine Cherries, Peach Moonshine, Apple Pie Moonshine, Blackberry Moonshine, Strawberry Moonshine, Lemon Drop Moonshine, Pineapple Moonshine, Watermelon Moonshine, Sweet Tea Moonshine and Charred Moonshine are available selectively in 49 states and Canada.
What company owns Ole Smoky Moonshine?
One of the fastest growing spirits companies in the U.S. was just acquired. Ole Smoky Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee was just acquired by Apax Partners LLP. Apax has acquired a controlling stake in the distillery from Centerview Capital. Ole Smoky Distillery was established in 2010 and has grown to become the leading distiller of premium moonshines and whiskeys. Stay Informed: Sign up here for the Distillery Trail free email newsletter and be the first to get all the latest news, trends, job listings and events in your inbox. As one of the largest craft distillers in the U.S. and the most visited in the world, Ole Smoky sold over 1 million 9L cases in 2021 and holds the No.1 share position in moonshine according to NielsenIQ.
- The Company retails its products across all 50 states and over 20 countries around the world, through over forty-five thousand points of distribution and four experiential distilleries that welcomed over 5.7 million visitors in 2021.
- Having analyzed the beverage alcohol space closely over the last several years, we have long been impressed by Ole Smoky’s brand reputation, authentic product offering and loyal customer base,” said Partner at Apax Nick Hartamn.
“The brand has enduring momentum and clear potential to become a leading spirits platform. We applaud the management team for driving phenomenal growth alongside a steadfast commitment to responsible consumption and community stewardship. We look forward to working closely with management, Joe and Robert to leverage our experience and operational know-how to continue to delight customers and achieve continued success.” Related Story Ole Smoky Distilleries Continue Reign as No.1 Most Visited in the World, Topping Nearly 6 Million Visitors in 2021 Centerview Capital invested in Ole Smoky in 2013.
Since its investment, Centerview Capital has helped the Company accelerate its growth, broaden its product portfolio of high-quality spirits and expand its differentiated distilleries business. Ole Smoky has nearly quadrupled in size under Centerview Capital’s ownership. Centerview Capital values its partnership with Joe Baker, Cory Cottongim, and the management team led by Robert Hall.
Ole Smoky founders Joe Baker and Cory Cottongim, and management will remain significant shareholders in the Company. “We are excited to partner with Apax as we enter the next chapter of our business,” commented Founder of Ole Smoky Joe Baker. ” “I’m most proud that, alongside my wife Jessi, and partners Cory Cottongim, Tony Breeden, and Chuck Edwards, we built a business from a small shop in our hometown of Gatlinburg into a TN brand that supports hundreds of families and is now sold in stores across the world.
With the combined experience and knowledge of Apax and our outstanding management team, we believe we can accelerate our impressive trajectory, sharing our premium spirits with more customers, in more places.” Ole Smoky CEO Robert, “Ole Smoky is a true pioneer in the spirits industry and the business continues to go from strength to strength, selling a record one million 9L cases in 2021.
This incredible progress in a short space of time is testament to the hard work of our talented team, and I’m pleased to welcome Apax, who have the right skills and insights to partner with us in the next phase of our growth journey. We want to thank the team at Centerview Capital for their commitment and partnership over the past 8 years as we have significantly increased the size of our business and expanded our brands.”
Does Ole Smoky Moonshine have alcohol?
Ole Smoky 80-Proof Lightnin’ Moonshines | BevIndustry.com Ready to live a little?First, we need some ID! ARE YA OVER 21? SHINE RESPONSIBLY ® In response to consumer requests, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine upped the alcohol content in three of its flavored moonshines. It now offers Strawberry Lightnin’, Lemon Drop Lightnin’ and Hunch Punch Lightnin’ moonshines with 40 percent alcohol by volume. : Ole Smoky 80-Proof Lightnin’ Moonshines | BevIndustry.com
Is moonshine a rum or whiskey?
Patrick: I spent so much time researching “moonshine” after our call last night that I figured I’d share what I discovered on this blog. So here’s my attempt at answering a few basic questions as we prepare to devise a new line of spirits:
- How is vodka distinct from “white” whiskey? They’re both clear and unaged, so what’s the actual difference?
- How are vodka and white whiskey different from “moonshine”? And what is “moonshine” really ? Is it a vodka, a whiskey, or something else entirely?
As pertains to the first question, it seems the difference between vodka and white whiskey boils down to three things: ingredients, oak, and proof, Categorization is basically a function of slight deviations in the production process. Put simply, vodka—unlike whiskey—can be made from a wider range of ingredients, and it doesn’t need to be aged (in oak barrels or otherwise), and it’s distilled at a higher proof.
Simple enough. But why keep it simple? Let’s needlessly delve WAY into this. * * * * * * * * * * * INGREDIENTS The vast majority of well-known vodkas are made from grain. But vodka is also popularly distilled from potatoes and fruits, Unlike whiskey—the production process and ingredients of which are tightly regulated by law—there are no similar rules dictating or limiting what ingredients vodka distillers have to use.
( In the United States, the Code of Federal Regulations merely defines vodka as “neutral spirits so distilled, or so treated after distillation with charcoal or other materials, as to be without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color”. Sounds um tasty.) By contrast, whiskey distillers’ choices are limited, as whiskey must be distilled from a grain.
Sure, you can find off-the-beaten path grains with which to craft your spirits—like quinoa, spelt, oats, etc.—but by legal definition, you can’t distill whiskey from such vodka staples as watermelons, cookies, potatoes, grapes, running shoes, etc. OAK There’s another critical restriction on whiskies.
In addition to being distilled only from grains, a grain spirit MUST “kiss” the inside of an oak barrel if it’s to be qualified as a whiskey. If it doesn’t, the spirit cannot legally be considered whiskey. Instead, it would likely just be classified as a grain-based vodka!
- A quick aside, Patrick it’s worth noting that the “oak barrel” requirement is a phenomenon unique to American and Scottish law. Other countries use the term whiskey to reference spirits aged in barrels made of other types of wood, such as maple or hickory. According to this website, “Canadian whiskey, Irish whiskey, and Japanese whiskey only require that wood barrels are used but don’t specify that oak is the only permissible type.”
- But I digress.
Notably, there’s no requirement for how long whiskey must age in an oak barrel to be considered a whiskey. White (clear) whiskies are merely the result of pouring the distilled alcohol from the still into a barrel taking a deep breath and then immediately pouring it right the fuck back out, to be bottled and sent out into the world.
- PROOF There’s one final attribute that distinguishes a spirit as a vodka vs.
- A whiskey: proof.
- As long as the spirit coming off the still is at or above 95% alcohol by volume (ABV), and as long as it is then cut with water to no less than 40% ABV when bottled, you’ve got a vodka.
- That two-part determination is what classifies a spirit as a vodka.
With whiskey, on the other hand, the spirit must be distilled at less than 95% ABV. But just as with vodka, as long as the spirit is then cut with water during the bottling process such that it’s still above 40% ABV when bottled, it’s a whiskey. (From my research, it seems that if you cut a spirit to anything less than 40%, then pursuant to the legal classification, you’re just a lil’ bitch.) TO RECAP : when it comes to proof, the spirit must exceed the 95% ABV threshold during distillation to be a vodka, whereas it cannot exceed the 95% ABV threshold during distillation to be a whiskey.
- In fact, the same exact corn “vodka” could be called whiskey if it came out at the 95% ABV and was then placed in oak barrels,) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Bet.
- If we know the difference between vodka and white whiskey, then what the fuck is “moonshine”? This was the question that first drove our initial discussion, and it turns out that the confusion stems from the fact that lots of distillers and liquor companies nowadays have elected to use the term “moonshine” incorrectly as a commercial gimmick.
Here’s the bottom line: “Moonshine” is liquor (usually whiskey or rum) made in secret ( a ) without getting the proper state and federal licenses to do so, ( b ) without paying the requisite taxes, and ( c ) without adhering to any of the legal (and safety!) standards governing the production of spirits.
- Another aside here’s an article that conflates the actual definition of moonshine with the more gimmicky modern commercial interpretation of a clear and unaged whiskey.
- “There are lots of products sold today that call themselves moonshine for the sake of nostalgia, tradition, and mystique. But the same product could just as easily be called white whiskey. ” Preach to these liars.
Moonshine purists define the spirit as a homemade, unaged whiskey, marked by its clear color, corn base, and high alcohol content—sometimes peaking as high as 190 proof. Traditionally, it was produced in a homemade still and bottled in a mason jar. And there isn’t much of a difference at all between unaged whiskey and moonshine; they largely have the same production process.
- But “moonshine” is distinguished from whiskey by virtue of its illegal nature, rather than being a different type of alcohol.
- Under this conception, “moonshine” is just a whiskey that hasn’t been taxed and the saga of colonial America’s refusal to pay taxes on its distilling operations is a critical part of our nation’s history that we’ll detail in future posts.
But does moonshine have to be a whiskey ? Nope! Actual moonshine—the stuff you’d buy on the black market if you didn’t want to pay a tax—can be made from any fermentable substrate, from sugar to grain to stone fruit. Whatever clandestine distillers can get their hands on and want to work with (under cover of darkness, by the light of the moon—thus the term) is fair game.
- Recall: Neutral spirits must be at least 95% alcohol coming off the still, whereas whiskey must be distilled to less than 95% ABV.
- By the way, note that the lower the proof at distillation, the more flavorful congeners carry over from the grain to the final spirit.
When it comes to commercial sellers, examine whether the “moonshine” label is proclaiming a whiskey or a vodka. If the label says “neutral spirits,” it’s not whiskey, Is the dead horse sufficiently beaten? Let’s decapitate it for good measure. How does one make moonshine? Answer: illegally.
The recipe is simple— · Corn meal · Sugar · Yeast · Water Sometimes, other ingredients are included to add flavor or kick. (And technically, as I’ve said, though alcohol can be distilled from almost any kind of grain, virtually all moonshine made in the United States for the last 150 years has been made with corn.) The primary aesthetic difference between “moonshine” and the whiskey you buy at the liquor store boils down to aging.
When whiskey comes out of the still, it’s so clear it looks like water—and moonshiners bottle it just like that, There’s no aging process, and that’s what gives whiskey its color and mellows the harsh taste. Moonshine undergoes no such mellowing, which is why it has such a “kick”.
- So why is distilling alcohol at home illegal in the first place ? “The government cites several reasons for keeping distilling illegal.
- First, it can be dangerous,
- Distilleries bring two materials into close proximity – alcohol vapor and heat sources – that can cause disastrous explosions when not managed correctly.
There are also lots of impurities that can lead to all sorts of health problems even death! And cynically, there’s another reason: Federal excise taxes, Distilled spirits are taxed at the highest rate of any alcohol, far more than beer or wine. (A tax on spirits is the very first tax ever levied in the United States!) Naturally, the government is none too keen on surrendering its share of the revenue raised by a Nation filled with alcoholics.
- And so it criminalizes any liquor production into the revenue of which it can’t sink its grubby little fingernails.
- Please admire the grammatically impeccable placement of prepositions in that last sentence.) * * * * * * * * * * * * In summation, New Scotch Spirits will never legally sell any brand of spirit under the “moonshine” moniker.
But catch us back in the woods under cover of a new moon and we might have some New Scotch “Select” to offer you. Shhhhh. I hope this post answers any and all questions we could ever again possibly have on such a stupid subject. I need a drink, and I don’t care whether it’s a vodka, a whiskey, or a moonshine masquerading as both.
Is Ole Smoky Moonshine worth it?
If you crave the smooth taste of whiskey but without the pretentious air about it, Ole Smoky Moonshine will cure what ails you. One of the best aspects of Ole Smoky Moonshine is that it’s unrefined. Opening the mason jar and taking a swig is the way it’s meant to be drunk.
How long does Ole Smoky Moonshine stay good?
– Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. ‘How long will a jar keep unopened.’ Different flavors will have different life spans. Generally they will last two years unopened and about six months after opening.
Is Ole Smoky a bourbon?
Ole Smoky Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey is barrel-aged 4 years and true to Tennessee tradition, full-bodied and smooth for sipping. The rich, warm flavors with subtle hints of smoke, char, and caramel combine to create a premium product without a premium price.
Where is the original Ole Smoky Moonshine?
Our Heritage Ole Smoky has been making moonshine in the Smoky Mountains ever since our great, great mawmaws and pawpaws stepped foot in them over a hundred years ago—but it wasn’t until Tennessee state law changed that we were able to legally open up our first federally licensed distillery in Gatlinburg.
That’s right, the moonshine business hasn’t always been on the right side of the law, but since it led us to where we are now, crafting some of the best moonshines and whiskies you’re ever gonna taste, you could say it was totally worth it. (And you’d be right.) Today, we still make that kick-in-the-mouth moonshine folks have loved for over a century, but we’ve also continued to innovate with flavors like Lemon Drop, Peach and Apple Pie that have made us famous; because having a heritage you’re proud of is great and all, but being really great today is even better.
: Our Heritage
Do you drink Ole Smoky straight?
It’s a product that’s designed to be drunk clear, and in the case of Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, it’s designed to be drunk straight out of the jar.
Is Ole Smoky Moonshine vodka?
Ole Smokys® White Lightnin™ is made from 100% grain neutral spirits that have been distilled six times for premium smoothness. White Lightnin™ is our alternative to vodka, gin and tequila and is perfect for making Apple Pie, Moonshine Margaritas, Moonshine Mojitos or the mixed drink of your choice.
Is Ole Smoky a real whiskey?
Ole Smoky Whiskey is a White Oak Barrel aged whiskey which is a true American authentic experience.
Is moonshine a hard liquor?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|Alcohol by volume
|At least 40%
|At least 80°
|Clear to off-white depending on ingredients
|Grain ( mashing ), sugar ( fermented water )
|Bourbon whiskey, corn whiskey, Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey, rye whiskey, Tennessee whiskey
A modern DIY pot still Moonshine is high-proof liquor, generally whiskey, traditionally made, or at least distributed, illegally, Its clandestine distribution is known as bootlegging, The name was derived from a tradition of creating the alcohol during the nighttime, thereby avoiding detection.
Can you drink Ole Smoky straight?
One of the best aspects of Ole Smoky Moonshine is that it’s unrefined. Opening the mason jar and taking a swig is the way it’s meant to be drunk. There’s no shame in that, and it makes the moonshine the perfect accouterment for a party or social gathering.
Is Ole Smoky a real whiskey?
Ole Smoky Whiskey is a White Oak Barrel aged whiskey which is a true American authentic experience.