Popcorn Sutton's white whiskey goes on sale in East Tennessee

Popcorn Sutton's white whiskey goes on sale in East Tennessee

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NEWPORT (WATE) - Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey has arrived in East Tennessee in time for what would have been the well-known moonshiner's 65th birthday.

The whiskey is for sale in liquor stores in Sutton's old stomping grounds: Newport, Morristown, Gatlinburg and Greenville.

It's produced by Popcorn's recipe and processed on custom-made copper stills the moonshiner designed himself, according to a press release from the marketing company, Webster & Associates LLC.

"It's been a crazy road since Popcorn passed in 2009, but we did it just the way you wanted us to!" said Jamey Grosser, Popcorn's apprentice and business partner.

"Thank you Popcorn for all you taught me and thanks to my new rowdy friends, here's to you, Popcorn, Happy Birthday," Grosser added.

Sutton's was the author of a book called "Me and my Likker," and he documented his moonshine making process in a video on YouTube.

As he promised, Parrotsville and Newport were the first places worldwide to get his white whiskey.

Sutton pleaded guilty in March 2008 to one count of felony possession of a firearm and one count of unlawful production of distilled spirits.

He took his life just before he was scheduled to start an 18-month sentence in federal prison.

Federal agents said at the time of a raid of his three properties, they found the largest moonshine operation they had seen.

Although Sutton faced federal charges, a change in Tennessee law has made it legal to make and sell moonshine.

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