Thankfully, those days are (largely) behind us and a new breed of legal moonshine has been gaining ground, and respect, in the market. One of the latest entries on the scene, brand new to Mississippi, is Ole Smoky Distillery. Currently, the original Moonshine, the White Lightning and the Apple Pie Moonshine are available in Mississippi, and Kats Wine & Spirits is proud to carry them all.
The Moonshine is meant for sipping, an unaged corn whiskey based on an authentic Tennessee recipe. The White Lightning is meant for mixing, made from neutral spirits, an alternative to vodka, tequila or gin. The Apple Pie Moonshine is based on an authentic Appalachian recipe, a classic way to make the strong moonshine more palatable.
The day the shipment arrived, I took home a jar (yes, they come in Mason jars!) of the Apple Pie Moonshine. I was excited to try this version of the storied drink, having heard it mentioned in several films and television shows. On twisting the lid, the aroma of apple pie wafted out immediately. Encouraged, I poured a healthy measure and sipped it slowly. Made from apple juice, cinnamon and other spices, it truly possesses the flavors one expects from a home-baked apple pie, equally sweet and savory without being overly viscous or cloying. At 40 proof, there is virtually no bite from the alcohol, just a gentle warmth on swallowing. This drink could certainly sneak up on you, so be forewarned. Because you will have more than one!
At the recommendation of the Ole Smoky website, I tried it not only straight from the jar at room temperature, but also chilled and heated. I found that chilling seemed to make the alcohol more noticeable and lessened the pie-like qualities that I had enjoyed at room temperature. However, heating really enhanced the aromatic qualities significantly; it really smelled like a pie was in the oven! The warmed beverage presented a much rounder mouth feel and the alcohol bite, what little there was, all but vanished. I noticed that I drank more slowly and savored each sip, relishing the flavors more fully.
I highly recommend trying this fantastic line of products. And I have a feeling that the Apple Pie Moonshine will be a hot Christmas gift!
Lead Wine Buyer