Moonshine, 65%-70%

Since this is genuine moonshine, illegally crafted somewhere and such, I don’t have much info on what, how, where and when. I obtained this sample quite a few weeks ago but didn’t get around to tasting it yet.

Since I’m drinking more American whiskey over the last couple of weeks, and reading about moonshining in the book reviewed yesterday I thought it was high time I started drinking me some. Now, since the guy who got me this still lives, I have to assume it’s rather safe.



A very sweet version of bourbon. The corn percentage is at 100% the sweetness is easy to explain. The colour indicates the use of wood chips or a cask. Some oak, corn and allspice, albeit lightly. Warm pasties too, and apple pie. The scent is remarkably gentle for something of this ABV. It gets more aromatic the longer it sits. Pretty great.

Not too much actual burn, but there’s a certain charcoal like bite it sure has. It gets a lot hotter after a second. The corn comes back in a custard like way. There’s some vanilla too. Baking spices, golden syrup.

The finish is a lot less sharp, the golden syrup goes towards maple a bit more and the pasty from the nose is more pancake like. The corn is still very much present and the finish long. Very bourbony.

While I’m not entirely new to moonshine, this is the first ‘aged’ one. It’s friggin’ delicious. I’m not saying it beats American whiskey as a category, but I can see the need to make some of this yourself. Not sure whether or not it is viable as a product in the USA, where bourbon prices are ridiculously low compared to here, but making some is just fun for the sake of making some.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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