Sugarlands Distilling Company Announces Rye Apple Moonshine

Gatlinburg, Tenn.— Sugarlands Distilling Company, distillers of award-winning moonshine in the Smoky Mountains, has announced Rye Apple as the newest addition to their celebrated line of moonshine offerings.

Rye Apple is an 80 proof, apple infused rye moonshine born from a collaboration between Sugarlands Distilling Company and legendary distillers Mark Ramsey and Digger Manes. The two moonshiners and long-time friends rose to national fame with appearances on the well-known Discovery Channel show, Moonshiners.


Prior to making television appearances, Mark and Digger were East Tennessee legends with a passion for distilling. Together they built “Big Ash,” a signature 1,750 gallon still fueled by a ferocious fire and a growing demand for the area’s most famous illegal “likker.”

“We are thrilled to bring Rye Apple to Sugarlands Shine fans everywhere,” Ramsey said. “We worked hard perfecting this recipe and we think it will be an instant hit with people across the country.”

With the release of Rye Apple, Sugarlands Distilling Company now has 12 varieties of moonshine available to taste and purchase at their distillery in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Mark and Digger will join Jim Tom Hedrick, Mark Rogers, and Steven Ray Tickle as the newest members of Sugarlands Distilling Company’s “Legends Series.” The group is comprised of an elite team of legendary moonshiners, all of whom have made appearances on Moonshiners.

Fans of Sugarlands Distilling Company will be able to purchase Rye Apple moonshine beginning Dec. 29 at their distillery in downtown Gatlinburg and at East Tennessee stores in early 2016.

Rye Apple joins a celebrated line of Sugarlands Shine that has won 20 awards internationally since distillation began in 2014.

Sugarlands Distilling Company is a producer of craft quality moonshine and whiskey and is also a popular attraction in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Inside the distillery, guests can taste free samples of authentic Sugarlands Shine, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the production, and purchase a variety of moonshine flavors, mountain merchandise, and apparel. To enhance their experience, guests can enjoy live music, Appalachian storytelling, and book outdoor adventure tours in the Sugarlands, an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park historically referred to as “moonshiners’ paradise.” The company is East Tennessee-owned, with a focus on bettering the local community through a variety of events and charitable giving. Sugarlands Shine is currently available for purchase in FL, AL, MS, SC, NC, TN, KY, IN, IL, WV, MD, NY, CT, MI, VA and MN.