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Ole Smoky Moonshine, Original Unaged Corn Whiskey
Approx. $35 Retail
Tasting Date: December 20, 2010
Crystal clear complexion, as moonshine should be. The nose is full of fresh corn, a touch of sweetness, a hint of butter. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, in a pleasant way, almost lush, soft and full. The corn continues on the palate, fairly crisp with a few hints of wildflowers mixed in. At 100 proof, there is a nice lingering burn, but this is well balanced and walks the line nicely in terms of being both smooth and strong.
Good Stuff* and definitely worth seeking out as an introduction to Tennessee moonshine or unaged corn whiskey in general. Purists may scoff at the notion of legal moonshine, but Ole Smoky has done the tradition proud.
From the distillery: “For sippin’. A true moonshine experience. · Ole Smoky’s authentic moonshine is made from corn grown by local farmers in East Tennessee. Our century-old recipe proclaims a grain bill of 80% corn, with the remaining 20% a secret that gives Ole Smoky the distinct character and bold flavor of Tennessee moonshine. Best drank from the jar! “
* Thirsty South Rating Scale:
Wow – among the very best: knock-your-socks-off, profound, complex liquid gold!
Excellent – exceptional in quality and character, worth seeking out, highly recommended
Good Stuff – solid expression of its type/varietal, enjoyable and recommended
Fair – fairly standard or exhibiting obvious though minor flaws
Avoid – move away folks, nothing to see here, a trainwreck