Ole Smoky Distillery, the most visited distillery in the world and makers of award-winning moonshine and whiskey, is joining other members of the distillery community, who are producing hand sanitizer in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Ole Smoky Distillery donated their first batch of hand sanitizer to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department today. Pictured: Ole Smoky CEO Robert Hall, Sevier County Sheriff Ronald Seals, Chief Deputy Michael Hodges and Ole Smoky Founder, Joe Baker. (Photo: Business Wire)
The new hand sanitizer is being produced by Ole Smoky Distillery associates who have all been recently affected by the closing of the Ole Smoky Distilleries to visitors. As production scales up, distribution of the new alcohol-based hand sanitizer will begin with prioritized requests from local law enforcement agencies and first responders.
"One of the greatest needs right now is to take care of our East Tennessee local police and sheriff departments, as well as first responders, as they continue their work, while needing protection from this virus," said Joe Baker, Founder of Ole Smoky.
Ole Smoky will be first distributing its hand sanitizer in 5-gallon commercial grade pails to these departments, including, Cocke County Sheriff’s Department, White Pine Police Department, Sevier County Sheriff’s Department and their workers at the county jail and courthouse.
Ole Smoky has also begun production of smaller 50 ml jars of hand sanitizer. These will be distributed first to Ole Smoky employees and their families. As production increases, the company also intends to offer them to consumers when they utilize the internet ordering and distillery pickup option, which begins this week at their Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Distilleries.
"With our new online ordering platform, consumers can order directly from our distilleries, pay online, and schedule the pickup of their favorite Ole Smoky Moonshine and Whiskey products. With each purchase, we will include a free jar of our hand sanitizer," said Robert Hall, CEO of Ole Smoky.
To order online, visit: olesmoky.com/pages/online-ordering
Ole Smoky is the leading distiller of premium moonshine in the world and the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee. Founded in 2010, Ole Smoky's roots can be traced to the Smoky Mountains' earliest settlers, families who produced moonshine with enduring pride and Appalachian spirit.