Thirty-three years ago, country music legend George Jones found himself at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Single chart with his remake of David Allan Coe’s song “Tennessee Whiskey.” The song told the story of a woman who had saved a man from the depths of the almighty bottle, curiously shadowing what Jones had gone through himself.
And now, he finds himself at the top again — this time not because of a song about whiskey, but because of the alcohol itself.
“Alcohol has owned me and controlled much of my life,” Jones said back in 2012, just a year before his untimely death. “Now is my time to own it.”
And with that came George Jones White Lightning, Jones’ signature brand of moonshine. At the 2015 SIP Awards, George Jones White Lightning Apple Pie took home a Platinum Medal for Unaged Flavor Infused Whiskey/Moonshine. The moonshine was released back in April 2015 at the same time that the George Jones Museum first opened.
“George always wanted to own his own brand of whiskey,” said Jones’ widow Nancy Jones in a recent press release. “This was one of the promises I made to him before he died, that I’d make that dream come true.”