Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries Receive Coveted Impact Hot Prospect Award

GATLINBURG, Tenn.--()--Ole Smoky Distillery, one of the nation’s fastest growing spirits companies, announced its Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries have been named an Impact Hot Prospect Brand by M. Shanken Communications Impact Newsletter for the 2022 calendar year. This is not the first time Ole Smoky Distillery has been named to this prestigious list of emerging stars of the industry, as the company has already earned Impact Hot Brand Award for six consecutive years.

The 2022 Impact Hot Prospect Brands will be recognized in the September 1 and 15 Impact Global Newsletter, as well as the October issue of Market Watch. The criteria for this recognition include depletions of at least 50,000 cases but not over 200,000 cases in 2022, at least 15% growth in 2022 and consistent growth in 2021 and 2020.

“We are honored that our Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries have been named a Hot Prospect Brand by M. Shanken Communications,” said Robert Hall, CEO, Ole Smoky Distillery. “I am proud of our team’s performance, getting these great tasting, unique products to market and significantly growing their sales over time. I look forward to expanding our distribution and consumer following for many years to come.”

Ole Smoky first launched its fruit and veggie products with the Moonshine Cherries, a combination of maraschino cherries and 100 proof original moonshine. Later, the company added Moonshine Peaches, Moonshine Pineapples with Piña Colada, Moonshine Mandarins, Moonshine Pickles, and Hot & Spicy Moonshine Pickles to its expanding list of creative and innovative products.

As the largest craft distiller in the U.S., Ole Smoky Moonshine is also the No. 1 selling moonshine brand in the world. According to on-premise traffic counters, Ole Smoky Distilleries are the most visited distilleries in the world, with the four Tennessee distillery destinations welcoming more than 5 million visitors in 2022.

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 three consecutive years – 2020, 2021, and 2022, 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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