A party in a jar! · Ole Smoky’s ® Moonshine Cherries ™ are an Appalachian party tradition. Each jar is hand-filled with fresh maraschino cherries soaked in Ole Smoky’s ® 100 proof moonshine. Each cherry says a sweet hello followed by a warm goodbye. Once the cherries have disappeared, enjoy the remaining Cherry Moonshine straight up or create the ultimate Cherry Coke or Shirley Temple. Pick up a jar of Ole Smoky’s Moonshine Cherries ™ on your way to any party or simply keep them all to yourself. Good day? Have a cherry. Bad day? Have a cherry.
The cherries are great, I tried some a friend had and really liked them. Customer service is horrible. Don't be fooled by "ships immediately" and the quantity on hand. I ordered 2 of these for Christmas. I was never told they were back ordered or that my order would be delayed. My e-mails were not answered. I finally assumed my order had just been lost. 3 weeks later I received an e-mail saying it had shipped. I cancelled it and was told I would receive a full refund. That was 2 weeks ago but I have yet to receive a refund.
Here in the Smoky Mountains, our moonshine tradition runs strong. Our Scots-Irish ancestors brought their knowledge and skills of whiskey-making with them as they came to Appalachia. Conditions in the area were good for growing corn, but it didn’t take long to realize a lot more money could be made off of a gallon of corn liquor than a bushel. Once the law began cracking down on the industry, the nature of our people and the rugged mountain terrain made way for the hay day of bootlegging.
People here have always had a healthy mistrust of government. Families in our small mountain communities would often sound warnings to others upon sight of a strange vehicle. Folks weren’t real welcoming of federal “revenuers” seeking to shut down local stills. As evidenced by the lyrics of one of our State Songs, “Once two strangers climbed Ole Rocky Top looking for a moonshine still. Strangers ain’t come down from Rocky Top. Reckon they never will,” people here in the mountains didn’t want the government to interfere. The fiercely independent spirit of our people and the rough terrain of the mountains allowed our great whiskey tradition to flourish. Prohibition made the craft of making moonshine even more profitable.
With Prohibition came a great demand for moonshine in the big cities. Hiding an operation in the mountains was easy compared to the challenges of transporting your wares into town. Agents would hide out along backcountry roads, waiting for the chance to nail a moonshine runner. The mountains are full of stories of young men who ran liquor.