Troy & Sons Distillers
Troy & Sons Distillers • Determined to find the perfect moonshine recipe, Troy Ball began testing recipes acquired from the North Carolina State Archives and residents from Madison to McDowell counties. On August 18, 2010, Troy distilled the perfect white liquor, using lost Crooked Creek Corn™, smooth as silk with vanilla oak undertones.
Troy & Sons brought to market in June of 2011, the first true American Moonshine, honoring the spirit makers that produced for the circuit riding preachers of the 1800’s. We are the only distillery in the world producing spirits made from 1840’s Crooked Creek Corn, so we know we are producing a true Authentic American Spirit. It’s our pleasure to bring to you The World’s Finest Moonshine.
Our products are currently available at many North Carolina ABC stores. Enjoy your first taste of our smooth white spirit, and you’ll realize just why our ancestors insisted on continuing the tradition legal or not. The best is coming back, just for you. Better keep the bottle with it’s limited batch number. It will become collectable.
If it doesn’t have a stamp on the front of the bottle with our batch number, you’ve got the wrong bottle. Stop and return to go. Our stamp is our word. Each batch that comes off our still is individually filled, labeled, corked and identified by batch number. Each distillation is unique. Fermenting time, temperature, the milling of the grain and who knows, even the cycle of the moon might play a part. Our stamp on the bottle indicates that you are holding a rare commodity that’s well worth savoring.
Lost Since 1840, Crooked Creek Corn. True mountain moonshine is made from corn, and we hunted throughout the WNC mountains for the perfect strain – and found it just a few miles from Asheville.
The corn had become virtually extinct everywhere except on the McEntire Farm… believed to be lost from Eastern Tennessee since 1840. Crooked Creek Corn™ is an heirloom open-pollinated white corn that has been grown on the McEntire farm for over one hundred twenty years. Analyzed by researchers at the University of Tennessee, this "lost corn" is an unadulterated, non-genetically modified original American corn, making our moonshine a true American spirit.
Without a doubt, our water comes from the oldest mountains in the world. It couldn’t be more pristine, pure or abundant. This mountain water has been used for hundreds of years to distill America’s earliest spirits. Our Truth is found in the water.
Long Before Nascar. Bishop Asbury (b.1799, d.1874) was a circuit riding preacher in the 1800’s and he regularly rode through Western North Carolina, traversing the mountains to small communities, tending his flock. Along with the gospel, he brought spirits, the handmade variety to warm the soul and tend the sick. This man and many others conducted services, weddings, funerals, and celebrated births with his flock. You can be certain he brought quality spirits to those he nurtured. Today, with respect to our history, and honoring the tradition of fine spirit makers from the mountains, we bring you the closest purest spirit to legally grace these ridges and valleys since the time of Asbury and the circuit riding preachers.
Troy Ball, The Woman. That’s right – the smoothest moonshine you’ll ever taste is handcrafted by, well, a girl.
Troy has been called "a Force of Nature", which is a real polite way of saying she’ll fight through any obstacle to reach her goal. In 2006, Troy won a Gold Medal at the Canadian National Championship 100 – mile Endurance Race. She has distilled batch after batch of moonshine, working to get the perfect blend AND managed to wrest a permit from the TTB. The woman is not a quitter, and her dedication to excellence resulted in Troy & Sons, creators of the world’s finest white whiskey.
Troy is grateful to all the home distillers who have shared family secrets, and the occasional mason jar, with her. On August 18, 2010, Troy distilled the perfect white liquor, using lost Crooked Creek Corn™, smooth as silk with vanilla oak undertones. May they all be 818 days. A limited supply of the original 818 remains and will be preserved at Troy & Sons Distillery. In the Spring of 2011, the day came to move out of the homestead. Troy & Sons joined partner Oscar Wong, founder and owner of Highland Brewing Company, one of the South’s largest craft brewers. We opened the doors to the relocated, and much expanded, distillery.
"He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson