Ole Smoky Distillery Receives Shanken Communications’ Impact Blue Chip Brand Award for Second Consecutive Year

GATLINBURG, Tenn.--()--Ole Smoky Distillery, one of the nation’s fastest growing spirits companies, announced today it has earned an Impact Blue Chip Award from M. Shanken Communications for the second year in a row. The leading publisher in the U.S. Wine & Spirits industry is known for such magazines as Wine Spectator, Impact, Market Watch, Food Arts, and Cigar Aficionado.

Each year, Impact recognizes the beverage alcohol industry’s best long-term performers with its “Blue Chip” Brands. To earn honors, brands must have:

  • At least 10 consecutive years of volume growth (2011 through 2021), or at least eight annual increases the past 10 calendar years
  • An average annual compound growth rate of at least 2% from 2011 to 2021
  • At least $25 million gross profit in 2021 and at least 500,000 nine-liter cases depleted

“The Impact Blue Chip Award winners are often called the ‘Stars of the Industry’, and we are honored to receive this award for the second consecutive year," said Joe Baker, Founder of Ole Smoky Distillery. "This recognition further confirms that Ole Smoky is one of the strongest brands in the spirits industry and we’re proud to be named to this elite group.”

In addition to the article in the October 15th issue of Impact, there will also be a feature story on the Blue Chip Brands in the December issue of Market Watch.

About Ole Smoky® Distillery LLC

Ole Smoky is the leading distiller of premium moonshine in the world, the leading craft distiller in the U.S. and the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee. Founded in 2010, Ole Smoky's roots are traced to the Smoky Mountains' earliest settlers, families who produced moonshine with enduring pride and Appalachian spirit. Today, Ole Smoky retails in all 50 states and over 20 countries around the world and offers more than 25 creative moonshine flavors and 17 inventive whiskey flavors. Ole Smoky can be found in liquor stores nationwide, as well as at the company's four famed distilleries in Tennessee, The Holler and The Barrelhouse in Gatlinburg, The Barn in Pigeon Forge, and 6th & Peabody in Nashville. For more information, please visit and follow Ole Smoky on social media @olesmoky.


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