King’s Family Distillery

Kings Family Distillery – A Hidden Treasure in the Great Smoky Mountains
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Kings Family Distillery serves as the top place to go for handcrafted spirits in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Although it all started with a passion for whiskey, they create all the most popular types of liquor, including their creative Apple Vodka. They serve their drinks by the bottle if you know what you’re after plus offer samples galore to anyone who wants a taste.

- The Local Expert Team

When top of the line spirits call your name, there’s no better place to go than Kings Family Distillery. Located in the gorgeous foothills of the Smokies, their distillery gives you a chance to breathe in the fresh mountain air before grabbing your spirits of choice.

From the second you walk through the doors, they do all they can to make you feel right at home. They offer a warm welcome and go above and beyond in helping you narrow down your selections. If you prefer to kick back and stay awhile, you can sidle up to the front counter and chat about their latest creations.

They have all their top products available at any given time, letting you taste their passion for excellence. All you have to do is ask to hear all about their award-winning whiskeys, bourbons, and much more – and enjoy a sample of each one. As you fall in love with their offerings, as you’re bound to do, let them know which ones you’d like to take home. Just don’t forget to grab some as gifts for your friends and family to share your love for your new favorite distillery.

Their most popular creations at King’s Family Distillery include:

American Blended Whiskey
Winner of the 2019 Barleycorn Awards, their American Blended Whiskey has a robust flavor profile that you’ll adore. Their sweet whiskey base sings out the flavors of caramel, vanilla, honey, nutmeg, and so much more. You can even taste hints of pear and locust wood in every sip. They create its balanced profile by mixing light whiskey and bourbon that has been aged for at least two years.

Ginger Vodka
Ginger root is forever front and center of the flavor profile hailed by their Ginger Vodka. They create this variety by distilling corn vodka six times before infusing it with fresh ginger and a little bit of cane sugar. Underneath the spice, you can sense the presence of stone fruit, lavender, and apple blossoms that help take the experience up a notch. Thanks to its exquisite flavors, it also won Gold at the 2019 Barleycorn Awards.

Although it doesn’t have any extra flavors to speak of, their triple award-winning Bourbon is anything but plain. To make it the best of the best, they start with a high corn mash bill that ages perfectly to create a smokey, vanilla-y profile. Figs, dates, and raisin flavors dance in the undertones to create the perfect combination that tastes great on its own or in cocktails galore.

If you’re not sure what to get, just ask for samples of their top varieties. They allow you to pick what you want to sample and provide a little more than a taste of each one. Within a few sips, it’ll be much easier to settle on your favorites.

Insider Tips: 
– Look at the board on their wall to learn about the current specials. They often give you a free gift when you buy three bottles. If you buy five bottles, they may offer the sixth for free.
– If you want to sing their praises everywhere you go, look around their shop for sweatshirts, t-shirts, and other fun swag.
– Well-behaved dogs are welcome to come inside and say hello to the team. Just make sure to keep them on a leash.
– They are open seven days a week, so you can always get the spirits you need. If you prefer to shop from home, you can order from their online store instead.