Sugarlands Distilling Company produces craft quality moonshine and whiskey. The distillery in downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn. is a popular attraction where guests are invited to taste free samples of authentic Sugarlands Shine, take behind the-scenes tours of the production, and purchase a variety of moonshine flavors, mountain merchandise, and apparel.
Tennessee white corn is milled to a corn meal consistency in our artisanal stone burr mill.
01. Milled corn & pure cane sugar are then combined with “backins” from the prior batch, along with yeast & water from the Smoky Mountains, to create our sour mash.
02. During fermentation the mash bubbles over 4-5 days.
Fermented “corn beer” is transferred to the copper pot still where the mash is heated until the alcohol vaporizes. This is the first distillation.
As it moves through the copper distillation column it condenses. It is then distilled five more times, making for a total of 6 runs through the column. The copper removes sulfites from the alcohol vapor.
As the liquid is cooled and poured off the tap in the "spirit safe," the heads, hearts, and tails of the new moonshine are collected and separated. Only the hearts are kept for final bottling.
The “backins” from the pot still take on a new life when they are blended with the next run. The authentic Sugarlands Shine Silver Cloud is born and savored.