Like Moonshine? You’ll Want To Drink These 7

If moonshine makes you think of hillbillies, you’re missing out. Moonshine has gone mainstream, and we’ve found seven of the best.

By Robert Haynes-Peterson

The Moonshine Brands You Should Taste

“You can always tell a moonshine drinker by looking at his nose — the mason jars leave a crease!”

Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey’s legendary master distiller — he’s been on the job for the past 56 years — is schooling us on white lightnin’. Why is Russell, who makes whiskey, an expert on moonshine? One, because he’s awesome. Two, because what most Americans call “moonshine” is simply unaged corn or rye whiskey. In other words, it’s what pours out of Wild Turkey’s stills before it’s aged to perfection in barrels. (Distillers call it “white dog.”)

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Moonshine, when distilled poorly, can blind you, kill you, or make you wish you were dead and blind because of your awful hangover. But when done correctly, it can be sipped just like a whiskey, or mixed into cocktails.

In the past, moonshine was hard to come by because it was, by definition, secretly made in illegal stills. But now several (perfectly legal) “moonshines” have hit the market. Such as …


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Brian Gray (Tue, 06 Dec 2011 21:23:06 +0000): Fantastic
Don Nichols III (Tue, 13 Mar 2012 01:54:33 +0000): oh I will, thanks for the great read
Leo Stillmock (Tue, 13 Mar 2012 02:27:33 +0000): Tried junior johnsons very good! Ol smoky is next!
Tamara McIntyre (Tue, 13 Mar 2012 02:30:02 +0000): Can't they run cars on moonshine? <wink>
Leo Stillmock (Tue, 13 Mar 2012 03:01:54 +0000): Tamara Shank McIntyre lol I am about the size of a car. (a smart car) lol. It puts me out! lol
Bruce Dearborn Walker (Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:48:52 +0000): Down here in Sonora we can get Bacanora, named after the mountain mining town where the Mexican revolution started. You can pay 500 pesos (USD40) per liter at the tiendas, or you can pay about eight bucks for two liters from the makers, who use the local agave and distill with charcoal. You think Scotch is smoky? And they've learned that los Gringos will pay extra if they filter it a few times through charcoal or a Brita filter so it doesn't leave you with a major hangover. Great in a Bloody Maria or added to a sangrita for a little extra kick. I have shown my local friends to chase it straight with food, the Russian way, although (if you're reading this, Alexis Pavlovitch) we never chased it with beef jerky fried in lard (carne seca) or carnitas, or, for that matter, with Korean squid candy. Also pretty good in the local coffee.
Mary Wall (Mon, 28 May 2012 18:30:02 +0000): I bet after they drink some moonshine they can really drive a car.
Shane Mitchell (Fri, 26 Oct 2012 03:48:40 +0000): Suprised they didn't add Popcorn Sutton Tennessee White Whiskey, pretty damn good if you ask me.
Ellen L. Edens (Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:50:53 +0000): triple distilled? quadruple distilled? "moonshine" made by a NYC three-namer (Adam Perry Lang! True moonshiners have fewer teeth. These beverages may be good but they ain't 'Shine..not by a longshot.
Scott J Roberts (Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:52:26 +0000): triple distilled? quadruple distilled? "moonshine" made by a NYC three-namer (Adam Perry Lang! True moonshiners have fewer teeth. These beverages may be good but they ain't 'Shine..not by a longshot.
Wilhelmina Coleman (Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:22:54 +0000): How can I purchase ur product here in Detroit?
Tim Sneed (Tue, 19 Feb 2013 01:25:31 +0000): Ole smoky kicks butt!!!
Lemuel McFly (Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:49:48 +0000): True Moonshine is Distilled only distilled one time cause they wanted to get it made and. and get it out of the woods.. why distill it three of four times.. Then put the water right back in it to proof it down. If they used good water to begin with this wouldn't be needed and if you get 90 proof you paid for a half a bottle of water. Most also don't know anything lower than 140 is not considered moonshine. To many folks trying to complicate something so simple.
Jordan Young (Thu, 14 Mar 2013 02:11:42 +0000): Brett Gregory sorry but that is incorrect information. There is a term for high quality moonshine known as blue flame which is unachievable on a one time distilling because you can't extract enough liquor from the mash in one distilling.
Fred Neal (Thu, 14 Mar 2013 02:31:12 +0000): Hmm, and just how did Jordan get so knowledgeable 'bout making shine?
Jordan Young (Thu, 14 Mar 2013 02:34:51 +0000): ;) Some things you just know.
Rick Radford (Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:01:56 +0000): Real moonshine burns in a spoon. 80-100 proof whiskey doesn't. You can run your truck on real moonshine.


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