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Best Flavored Moonshine

 

The Fifty Best Flavored Moonshine Tasting 2018

 

The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 20 flavored moonshines with 11 members of our spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The flavored moonshines were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries and states of origin are identified for each brand, along with links to their websites.



DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Sugarlands Shine
Mark Rogers American Peach Moonshine

(Sugarlands Distilling Co., TN)

Nose: Ripe juicy peach, fuzzy peaches, apricot, pear, stone fruit, canned peaches, peach jelly candies, popsicle, cotton candy.

Palate: Peach slices, nectarine, apricot, stone fruit, peach preserves, citrus, simple syrup, chocolate, mint, nice natural flavors, smooth, delicious.

Finish: Like biting into a frozen peach, peach, apricot, pear, creamy, clean, soft, silky, smooth with nice kick, mellow.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Sugarlands Shine Mark Rogers American Peach Moonshine




Roberson's Tennessee Mellomoon
Caramel Shine

(East Tennessee Distillery, TN)

Nose: Fresh salted caramel, caramel popcorn, fresh caramel corn, butterscotch, milk chocolate, stick of butter, caramel coffee from Dunkin Donuts, coffee, toasty brown sugar, rum and coke.

Palate: Caramel sauce, toffee, butterscotch, burnt caramel, burnt sugar, brown sugar, caramel popcorn, caramel coffee, creamy vanilla bean, brioche bread.

Finish: Butterscotch, caramel sauce, creamy, Werther’s Original candy, caramel popcorn, apple, brioche bread, well-balanced, smooth, clean, great after-dinner drink, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Roberson's Tennessee Mellomoon Caramel Shine




Midnight Moon Strawberry Moonshine
(Piedmont Distillers, SC)

Nose: Fresh-picked strawberries, cooked strawberries, strawberry preserves, strawberry jelly, cherry, cranberry, dried cranberry, dried fruit, vanilla, cream, fresh unbaked pie, strawberry blossoms.

Palate: Strawberry, strawberry lollypop, ripe berries, cherry, dried cranberry, molasses, vanilla, creamy, toasted bread.

Finish: Strawberry, frozen strawberry, Jolly Rancher, rhubarb, vanilla, creamy, silky, smooth, not too sweet, zesty.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Midnight Moon Strawberry Moonshine




Midnight Moon Blackberry Moonshine
(Piedmont Distillers, SC)

Nose: Brambly blackberry, ripe blackberries, boysenberry, black currant, cassis, blackberry Kool-Aid, black tea, smoky, cordial-like.

Palate: Blackberry, blackberry juice, stewed blackberry, blackberry jam, boysenberry, black currant, cassis, red grape juice, mint, great berry mouthfeel.

Finish: Blackberry juice, raspberry, fruit-forward, tannins, well-balanced natural flavor, clean, smooth, great finish, I want this over ice cream.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Midnight Moon Blackberry Moonshine




3 Hundred Days
Western Sippin’ Shine Apple Pie

(3 Hundred Days of Shine, CO)

Nose: McDonald’s hot apple pie with cinnamon, warm apple pie, hot cider, caramel apple with oats, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, pie crust, doughy cinnamon, nutmeg.

Palate: Warm apple pie, golden delicious apple, warm cider, caramel, vanilla, apple spices, cinnamon, balanced.

Finish: Apple pie, apple brown Betty, baked apple, pie crust, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, creamy mouthfeel, well-balanced, clean, easy, soft, smooth, beautiful.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



3 Hundred Days Western Sippin’ Shine Apple Pie




Hetterley’s Apple Pie Monshine
(Shot in the Dark Craft Distillery, WA)

Nose: Apples, Granny Smith apples, stewed apples, cooked apples, cinnamon mulled cider, apple crust, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, baking spice, pesto, light apple brandy.

Palate: Apple, red apple, cinnamon apple, apple pie filling, apple honey syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, easy to drink, very approachable, appealing, decadent.

Finish: Apple, apple cider, McDonald’s apple pie, a la mode, nutmeg, clove, smooth, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Hetterley’s Apple Pie Monshine




GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

3 Hundred Days
Western Sippin’ Shine Firebomb

(3 Hundred Days of Shine, CO)

Nose: Big Red, Fireball liqueur, Hot Tamales candy, cooked cinnamon, spicy, baking spices, caramel, pigs in a blanket.

Palate: Atomic Fireball candy, Red Hot cinnamon candies, Hot Tamales candy, Big Red gum, big spice, mint, bread.

Finish: Big Red, cinnamon, aggressive spice, pepper, bread, strong bite, sharp, intense, velvety, rich, pleasing.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



3 Hundred Days Western Sippin’ Shine Firebomb




Sugarlands Shine
Appalachian Apple Pie Moonshine

(Sugarlands Distilling Co., TN)

Nose: Apple sauce, Apple Jolly Rancher, Apple Jacks cereal, apple wax candy, caramel apple pop candy, gummy bears, taffy, honey, chocolate, cookie dough, lemon peel, green beans, vegetal, musty, clay.

Palate: Apple, cider, Apple Jolly Rancher, strawberry Laffy Taffy, Juicy Fruit, red apple skin, lemon, lemon curd, lemon peel, vanilla, cereal, barley, chocolate, coffee.

Finish: Red apple, Redi-Whip on apple pie filling, Redi-Whip on lemon, brown sugar, pastry, elderflower, nutmeg, sweet, easy, smooth, delicious, beautiful flavor.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Sugarlands Shine Appalachian Apple Pie Moonshine




Kick Back Cove Apple Pie Moonshine
(Red Bordner Distillery, SC)

Nose: Apple filling, green apples, pear, maple, caramel, graham cracker, cereal, Red Hot candy, cinnamon, hard cider.

Palate: Oven baked apples, sour apple, caramel, brown sugar, honey, Big Red gum, cinnamon, bark roots, allspice, nutmeg, black tea.

Finish: Red Hots, cardamom jaw breaker, caramel, caramel apple, tart acidic green apples, apple pie with crumbly crust, vanilla, toast, dark malt, hazelnut, nutty, cinnamon, bark, tasty.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Kick Back Cove Apple Pie Moonshine




Kick Back Cove
Orange Blossom Honey Moonshine

(Red Bordner Distillery, SC)

Nose: Raw honey, clover honey, charred honeycomb, honey candy, floral, lemon, baby powder.

Palate: Clover honey, bright honey, honeycomb, mead, vanilla, orange peel, lemon zest, sweet clover, lavender, floral, sunflower, baby powder, smoky.

Finish: Raw honey, honeycomb, green apples, lemon peel, light floral, very yummy.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Kick Back Cove Orange Blossom Honey Moonshine




Mohawk Valley Raspberry Moonshine
(DikinDurt Distillery, NY)

Nose: Ripe raspberry, red berry, raspberry candy, cherry, dark cherry, almost floral, herbal, amaro-like.

Palate: Great raspberry, raspberry juice, sour cherry, oaky, tart, delicate, clean, natural, fresh juicy taste.

Finish: Rich raspberries, fresh berries, natural clean juice, tart, tangy, balanced, velvety.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Mohawk Valley Raspberry Moonshine




Climax Fire No. 32 Moonshine
(Prost Beverage Company, FL)

Nose: Red Hots, cinnamon, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, cherry, raspberry, cranberry, super-subtle cayenne pepper, not overpowering.

Palate: Fireball, just like a Red Hot, cinnamon, cinnamon jawbreaker, cinnamon gum, Big Red gum, spicy, Werther’s Original candy, corn.

Finish: Spicy Red Hots, cinnamon, cinnamon jawbreaker, Big Red gum, peppery, spicy, nice balance, smooth, lingering.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Climax Fire No. 32 Moonshine




Roberson's Tennessee Mellomoon
Apple Pie Shine

(East Tennessee Distillery, TN)

Nose: Warm apple slices and cinnamon, buttery pie crust, caramelized apple, Apple Jacks cereal, vanilla, corn, wheat, toasty, cinnamon roll, nutmeg, cloves.

Palate: Apple tart, baked apple with cinnamon, apple, hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks, baked apple with cinnamon, cinnamon roll, syrup, strong vanilla, orange peel, wheat, nutmeg, allspice, creamy, silky.

Finish: Baked apple, thick French toast, caramel, cinnamon, lingering spices, bark, tangy, smooth.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Roberson's Tennessee Mellomoon Apple Pie Shine




Kick Back Cove Fire Moonshine
(Red Bordner Distillery, SC)

Nose: Fireball, mild cinnamon, cinnamon bun, dough, raspberry, cherry, herbal, musty.

Palate: Big Red Gum, Red Hots candy, strong cinnamon, spicy, peppery, caramel, cake, hot but flavorful.

Finish: Atomic Fireball, cinnamon, baking spice, cake, Goldschlager yeast, soft, easy to drink, lingering spice.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Kick Back Cove Fire Moonshine




SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

DikinDurt Honey Buzz Moonshine
(DikinDurt Distillery, NY)

Nose: Honey, clover honey, caramel, corn, grain, light floral, musty, bourbon, touch of oak.

Palate: Honey, caramel, sugar pops, sugar bomb candy, apple, citrus, flowers, herbaceous, corn, cinnamon, woody.

Finish: Honey, caramel, corn, flowers, herbaceous, spicy, smoky, forceful,


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



DikinDurt Honey Buzz Moonshine




Midnight Moon Blueberry Moonshine
(Piedmont Distillers, SC)

Nose: Very light blueberry, raspberry, currant, herbal, grappa.

Palate: Blueberries, blackberries, caramelized blueberries, cassis, cane sugar, corn, velvety.

Finish: Thick berry, fruity, corn, strong bite, velvety.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Midnight Moon Blueberry Moonshine




Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine
(Piedmont Distillers, SC)

Nose: Faint apple, very light apple blossom, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Palate: Red apples, light sweet apple, caramel apple, vanilla, cinnamon cereal, cinnamon, spices.

Finish: Smooth cinnamon apple pie, light apple, lemon, maple, caramel, honey, spicy, easy drinker, nice lingering finish.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine




Midnight Moon Cherry Moonshine
(Piedmont Distillers, SC)

Nose: Berry , clean, subtle.

Palate: Black cherry, cherry juice, cherry skins, jam, tart, smoky.

Finish: Cherry juice, cherry pie filling, cherry skin, spicy, smoky, fresh, rich.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Midnight Moon Cherry Moonshine




White River Distillery's Cherry Pie
(White River Distillery, AR)

Nose: Cherry, cherry pit, raspberry, vanilla, corn, grain, vegetal, floral, cinnamon.

Palate: Hot cherry pie, light cherry, cherry pit, dry corn grain, corn-dominant, corn mash, cinnamon, pepper, oak, salty.

Finish: Clean, fresh, volatile, robust.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



White River Distillery's Cherry Pie




Hetterley’s Caramel Apple Pie Moonshine
(Shot in the Dark Craft Distillery, WA)

Nose: Raw apples apple skins, figs, nutty, cinnamon, ferment.

Palate: Baked cinnamon apple, candy apple, apple sauce, cider-like, fig syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Finish: Sweet apple, cooked apples, nutmeg, sugar rush, balanced, smooth.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Hetterley’s Caramel Apple Pie Moonshine




White River Distillery's Apple Pie
(White River Distillery, AR)

Nose: Granny Smith apples, just ripe apple cinnamon turnover, dough, corn, cherry, Snapple tea, perfume, grassy, cinnamon stick, musty.

Palate: Hot apple, Yankee Candle apple pie, cinnamon, black tea, musty, bark, clean.

Finish: Apple, cinnamon, clean.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



White River Distillery's Apple Pie

 

 

 

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