Ole Smoky Distillery Receives Shanken Communications’ Impact Blue Chip Brand Award for Third 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 third year in a row. The leading publisher in the U.S. Wine & Spirits industry is known for magazines including 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 or an average annual compound growth rate of at least 2% from 2012 to 2022 with at least eight annual increases the past ten years
  • At least $25 million gross profit and at least 500,000 9-liter cases depleted in 2022

“We at Ole Smoky strive to honor the decades-old tradition of moonshine & whiskey making, so we are proud to be recognized as a leader within our industry and receive this award for the third consecutive year,” said Joe Baker, Founder of Ole Smoky Distillery. "The Impact Blue Chip Award is seen as a mark of excellence and has inspired us to aim for higher levels of quality and innovation for our products in the years to come.”

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. Ole Smoky has been recognized on the Inc. 5000 List of the fastest growing private companies in America for four consecutive years – 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023, as well as receiving the 2022 Shanken Communications’ Impact Hot Brand Award and 2023 Growth Brand Awards from Beverage Information Group. Today, Ole Smoky’s 25 creative moonshine flavors and 17 inventive whiskey flavors can be found in all 50 states, 20 countries and 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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