By Richard Thomas
The New Year was marked in Gatlinburg by the closure of one of the popular mountain resort’s moonshine distilleries, when Davy Crockett’s Tennessee Whisky posted a farewell message on its Facebook account and shuttered its doors. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the defunct distillery has merged with local legal moonshine giant Ole Smoky.
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine was the first moonshine distillery to open in Gatlinburg, starting operations in 2010. As of 2014, their spirits were in national distribution.
What has become of Davy Crockett has alternately been described as a merger and as a takeover/acquisition in news reports, but what is clear is that Davy Crockett’s products are to be rebranded as part of the Ole Smoky family. From now on, four Davy Crockett products — Straight Tennessee Whiskey, Blended Whiskey, Salty Caramel Whiskey and Tennessee Mud — will now be known as “Ole Smoky Whisky,” alongside the existing “Ole Smoky Moonshine.”
Davy Crockett Tennessee Whiskey, now Ole Smoky Tennessee Whisky, is a four year old Tennessee Whiskey (made with the Lincoln County Process), bottled at 90 proof.