About Bootleggers Whiskey
Bootleggers founder, Darrell Miller was raised on a small Dairy Farm in Dandridge Tn. He was raised farming and building house with his late father Steve Lee Miller and mother Patsy Miller. Although his father wasn’t in the “making shine” business he instilled the work ethic and perseverance in his children that you needed to be successful. Sadly he passed after helping his son construct the small Distillery that they use today. He never got to see his son sell a single jar legally. Darrell’s Mother works by his side as often as she can still to this day and can frequently be seen at the Distillery. Darrell was a middle child with an older brother Steven Dwayne Miller, and Younger sister Jimmie Patricia Easterday.
In his Early 20’s Darrell met the love of his life and married her. Lori Dell Sircy Miller had a son “Derek Coleman” and eventually had two children with Darrell, Taylor and Megan Miller.
Family Heritage: Although Steve didn’t have a passion for the then illegal trade, Patsy’s family knew of nothing else. The McCoig’s where from the Jones Cove, Whilhite area of Cocke and Sevier Counties. Their heritage can be traced as shiners all the way back to the Mayflower. William (Mayflower Compact) Mullins, was said to be the only passenger on the Mayflower that wasn’t part of their religious sect. He was allowed aboard to be a cobbler and elixir maker. His daughter Prescilla was the most famous of all the Pilgrims for her love story. In it , she actually married a man that’s trade was that of a cooper. This was a great marriage of convenience.
Why choose Bootleggers: AS what is believed to be the smallest batch Distillery in the nation, Bootleggers continues to do it the way they have for hundreds of years. We do not brew in hundred or even thousand gallon tanks. We brew in 25 gallon pot stills so that we can maintain a closer more regulated quality. “The smaller the batch, the more control you have over the product ” Says Darrell Miller. I will never do it any other way. As demand increases for the product Miller says he would rather run out , as to put out a bad product.