Moonshine is one of the first American boozes, and for a while it had the bad reputation of being the OG unsophisticated backwoods homebrew.
Moonshine is whiskey straight off the still, which means it hasn’t had a chance to mellow and settle its proof down in a nice cozy barrel. Since it’s unaged, it’s SUPER strong, and in many cases, still illegal. It’s also illegal in most places to distill moonshine in your home (and in some places to even own a still), so while the process is fascinating, it’s really best to leave it to the pros.
Even so, these days moonshine’s rep is getting shined up. Whiskey connoisseurship is on the rise, and moonshine is definitely along for the ride. Craft distillers are having fun with the clear old girl, that’s for sure.
While you could probably find the really hard illegal stuff if you tried hard enough, there’s really no need – legal moonshine is great.
If you want to check out a few great examples of legal moonshine, here are a few we recommend:
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine – Bread on the nose, peppery, sweet, and bitter.
Buffalo Trace White Dog, Mash #1 – Hot, complex, and a smidge sweet
Midnight Moon Moonshine – Refined, almost vodka-like high alcohol flavor
King’s County Distillery Moonshine – (shown in pic above) – Savory corn flavor, tequila-like burn