Something a bit different for sampling this time – my first experience with Moonshine!
Once the premise of bootlegging gangsters in prohibition America it always makes me think of old black & white movies I’ve seen over the years.
Well, this famous American spirit is now back in British hands and though it may have grown up a little it’s still has a fine rebellious streak to it!
MoonshineUK has the exclusive rights to sell Moonshine produced at the Palmetto Moonshine Distillery in South Carolina.
Triple distilled for extra smoothness it’s available as a full strength shot (a hearty 52.5% ABV) and as a flavoured alcohol ideal for producing some great cocktails.
Quick Moonshine Facts:-
- Originated back in the 1700’s by British settlers who distilled alcohol from corn to sell to the locals.
- Banned and so began the illegal industry that is at the heart of every b/w gangster flick.
- The inspiration of the NASCAR motor racings event because bootleggers would modify their cars to outrun the law.
- In 2010 the US Government allowed Moonshine to be distilled legally.
- 2014 – Now it’s here – courtesy of MoonshineUK!
Currently Moonshine is available in four styles:-
- Original American Shine
- Apple Pie Flavour
- Blackberry Flavour
- Peach Flavour
|Nose: Corn, sugary sweetness and a heady spirit hit!
Palate: Sweet, syrupy popcorn.
Finish: Toasted corn, sharp lemon citrus, lingering pepper – a short dry finish.
Overall: Quite a kick but not too fiery as it’s well tempered by the corn sweetness. A strong candidate for ‘shots’ but only for the brave!
|Nose: Cinnamon, apple, ginger cake with extra spices!
Palate: Apple strudel infused with generous cinnamon, sweet cake spices.
Finish: The cinnamon goes on and on and there’s warming Ginger beer in there as well.
Overall: WoW! Taste the pastry! Moonshine and Moms apple pie, roll out the Stars n’ Stripes!
|Nose: Rich, fruity blackberry, reminds me of vimto!
Palate: Sweet, mild blackberry, slightly floral.
Finish: Floral comes through quite distinctly. Warming, spicy dry citrus.
Overall: Half the strength makes this considerably smoother and very drinkable – be careful!
|Nose: Strong peach and vanilla.
Palate: Sweet, smooth peach, thick consistency which reminds me of a dessert wine.
Finish: Citrus punch appears, sweet finish, short n’ slightly spicy.
Overall: Mmmm … a perfect accompaniment to long, hot afternoons sat under a shady tree!
Moonshine will be available from July.
Many thanks to @MoonshineUK1 for the sample.