Mountain Dew, Homebrew, White Lightning… Moonshine has a lot of names around the world, but no matter what you call it, there’s no denying that this special drink has a rich history in the United States. The moonshine culture first appeared in the Appalachian region, and the heart of moonshine production is still there today.
While moonshine was traditionally produced as an illegal and untaxed alcoholic beverage, today it’s possible to get legal moonshine with all of the authentic flavor. If you’ve been wanting to try a spirit that is completely unique, then it’s probably time that you gave the Ole Smoky moonshine range a try.
Ole Smoky from the Appalachian Mountains
In the days when illegal moonshine was a big thing, it was possible to end up with contaminated drinks, especially those made in stills that used old automotive parts. Alcohol could be contaminated with anything from lead, to methanol, and even glycol. During the era of Prohibition, people even died from drinking moonshine that hadn’t been carefully produced. If you were lucky enough to survive a bad batch of moonshine, then you might have gone blind from lead poisoning. Don’t worry, that’s not the case today, and you can rest assured that Ole Smoky isn’t going to turn you blind, but it sure will turn you into a firm fan of moonshine.
The Ole Smoky distillery has been operating ever since the Tennessee government allowed spirits to be distilled, and it is the first distillery in Tennessee to be licensed by the federal government. If you thought Tennessee was all about Jack Daniels, then it’s time that you tried Ole Smoky.
It’s All About the Taste
History lessons aside, it’s all about the flavor. We could go on and talk this liquor up to be the best thing in the world, but without knowing how it tastes, it really means nothing. Ole Smoky is 100 proof, but surprisingly, there’s none of that nasty vapor that is common with many of the cheaper spirits that are available. It comes packaged in a mason jar, which is quite fitting for a ‘homebrew’ style spirit, although that doesn’t directly impact the flavor. There are hints of sugar in the flavor, and there’s a definite corn element (the mash is made from corn). Overall, it’s a clean drink that is designed to be consumed neat, although you could use it as a replacement in any cocktail that uses vodka or gin. If you wanted to, you could experiment with any mixers that you want, as this is definitely a versatile spirit.
If you want something even more unique, then you could go for the Apple Pie Moonshine flavor. It is slightly weaker at 40 proof, but the flavor more than makes up for it. It is sweet, slightly spicy, and comes with an apple pie flavor that will sit on your tongue long after you have taken a sip.
Overall, Ole Smoky is really the only way that you will get to experience Tennessee moonshine (legally, at least), so you should make an effort to try out either the standard or apple pie variety. You won’t regret your choice, and this may soon turn into something that you regularly stock in your home bar or liquor cabinet.[Image Credit]