Flavored Moonshine
 

Best Flavored Moonshine

 

The Fifty Best Flavored Moonshine Tasting 2020

 

The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 11 flavored moonshines with 14 members of our spirits judging panel. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Strict tasting rules were applied. 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 highest. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded for this tasting. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, states of origin, alcohol proof and other tidbits are identified for each brand. Clicking on the brands' names will link to their websites.



DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Eureka Moon Apple Cobbler Flavored Moonshine
(Hendricks Family Distillery, WI)  Gluten free. 70° prf

Nose: Apple, baked apple pie, baked cobbler, cinnamon crumb cake, grandma’s apple pie à la mode, pie crust, Graham cracker, cinnamon sticks, cinnamon, spice.

Palate: Sweet apple, stewed apples, apple cider, apple pie, apple crumb, apple Pop Tart, Graham crackers, cherry, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, baker spices, buttery, ultra-smooth, spot on, outstanding flavor, delicious.

Finish: Apple pie, cinnamon, spice, great flavor, balanced, well made, approachable, smooth, even, clean, fresh, nice, lovely, fantastic.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Eureka Moon Apple Cobbler Flavored Moonshine




Full Throttle S’loonshine Café Moonshine
(TN)  70° prf

Nose: Coffee, Italian roast coffee, espresso, Café Bustelo, strong coffee, rich roasted coffee beans, sweetened coffee beans, chocolate Nespresso, vanilla, walnut, natural, deep, rich.

Palate: Fresh brewed coffee, sweet coffee, sweet espresso, cappuccino, mocha, toffee, caramel, intense, great flavors, coffee – plain & simple, natural coffee flavor, delicious sweetened coffee, breakfast in Tuscany.

Finish: Black coffee, sweet coffee, espresso, mocha, affogato, toffee, perfect balance, flavorful, foamy, silky, soft, zingy, rich, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Full Throttle S’loonshine Café Moonshine




GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Full Throttle S’loonshine Butterscotch Moonshine
(TN)  70° prf

Nose: Sweet butterscotch, amazing butterscotch, caramel, toffee, toffee pudding, butterscotch candies, Werther’s Original, butter cream, butter, honey, true to flavor, perfect.

Palate: Sticky sweet butterscotch, butterscotch candy, caramelized butterscotch, salted caramel, butterscotch sauce over vanilla, vanilla, crème brûlée, butterscotch popcorn, honey, brown sugar, candy sweet, unbelievable balance, true to flavor, a good representation of butterscotch, spot on butterscotch, delicious.

Finish: Sweet butterscotch, melted butterscotch, caramel, ice cream, nice, soft, silky, smooth, mouthwatering, dessert in a glass, so good, delightful.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Full Throttle S’loonshine Butterscotch Moonshine




Full Throttle Espresso Shot Moonshine
(TN)  70° prf

Nose: Fresh roasted espresso, rich espresso, rich coffee, dark chocolate espresso, espresso martini, Kahlua, affogato, caramel, sweet cream, vanilla, rich.

Palate: Rich sweet espresso, coffee/espresso, strong coffee, dark roast, deep mocha, vanilla, toffee, caramel, lovely sweetness, silky, rich, natural, authentic flavor, delicious.

Finish: Sweet espresso, fresh roasted beans, espresso grinds, mocha, affogato, honey, vanilla, smooth, rich, yummy.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Full Throttle Espresso Shot Moonshine




Still Fired Distilleries Strawberry Rhubarb Moonshine
( Nova Scotia, Canada)  Made with fresh local strawberry and rhubarb juice, organic brown sugar and spices. 40° prf

Nose: Macerated strawberries, stewed strawberries, cooked strawberries, natural strawberry/rhubarb, strawberry/rhubarb preserves, rhubarb, baked rhubarb, rhubarb pie, delicious berry pie, dried cherry, charcoal.

Palate: Strawberries, fresh rhubarb, blend of strawberry & rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb pie, dried cherry, cola, dry, tart, balanced, tastes like strawberry rhubarb, spot on, authentic.

Finish: Unsweetened strawberries, strong rhubarb, dried cherry, tart, soft, clean, interesting journey, very good.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Still Fired Distilleries Strawberry Rhubarb Moonshine




Eureka Moon Salted Caramel Flavored Moonshine
( Hendricks Family Distillery, WI)  Gluten free. 70° prf

Nose: Caramel, warm caramel, caramel candy, Kraft caramels, caramel creamer, smoked caramel, dulce de leche, toasted marshmallows, butter, honey, vanilla, true to flavor.

Palate: Caramel, sea salted caramel, caramel muddled with jalapeño, butterscotch, toffee, chocolate, 7 Layer Magic Bars, S’mores, Moose Munch, coconut, popcorn, caramel coated popcorn, butter, true to flavor.

Finish: Caramel, great salted caramel, chocolate, creamy, vanilla, not too sweet, soft, very smooth.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Eureka Moon Salted Caramel Flavored Moonshine




Still Fired Distilleries Root Beer Moonshine
( Nova Scotia, Canada)  Made with all natural root beer extract. 40° prf

Nose: Real root beer, root beer soda, root beer float, sarsaparilla, sassafras, licorice, mint, spice, true to flavor.

Palate: Classic root beer soda, birch beer, sarsaparilla, root beer barrel, root beer licorice, anise, bark, earth, zingy, not too sweet, true to flavor.

Finish: Delicious root beer, root beer soda, sassafras, toffee, vanilla, anise, flavorful, easy drinking, a crowd pleaser.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Still Fired Distilleries Root Beer Moonshine




Full Throttle S’loonshine Watermelon Moonshine
(TN)  70° prf

Nose: Freshly sliced watermelon, watermelon juice, watermelon Slush Puppie, Jolly Rancher, watermelon candy, bubble gum, spot on.

Palate: Freshly cut watermelon, fresh watermelon, sweetened watermelon, watermelon candy, bubble gum, mint, spicy perfumed patchouli oil, true to flavor, great flavor.

Finish: Spicy melon, bubble gum, apricot, spicy, sweet, gentle, summertime, Sunday favorite, enjoyable, yummy, perfect.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Full Throttle S’loonshine Watermelon Moonshine




SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Still Fired Distilleries Granny’s Apple Pie Moonshine
( Nova Scotia, Canada)  Made fresh pressed local apple cider and spices. 40° prf

Nose: Apple, delicious apple, green apple, apple cider, baked apple, apple compote, cooked apples, fresh apple pie, apple pie a la mode, pie crust, pastry crust, red apple skins, cream, yogurt, cinnamon.

Palate: Bright apple, fresh apple cider, apple juice baked apple, apple filling, lemon, subtle cinnamon, apple pie, pie crust, dough, corn, yogurt, malt, baked apple spices, nice cinnamon.

Finish: MacIntosh apple, Granny Smith apple, green apple, baked apple, apple pie, cinnamon pie, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, smooth.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Still Fired Distilleries Granny’s Apple Pie Moonshine




Full Throttle S’loonshine Peach Moonshine
(TN)  70° prf

Nose: Sweet peach, rustic peach, Georgia peach, fresh peach juice, canned peaches, subtle citrus, hint of cherry, ripe peaches, peach fuzz, gummy peach rings, peach candy, peach pie, peach blossoms, floral, vanilla cream.

Palate: Ripe peach, beautiful peach, cling peach, sweet peach, crushed peaches, peaches in syrup, mango, peach pie, floral, relatively natural, bold.

Finish: Zingy, not overly sweet, balanced, fresh, well made, rich, delicious.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Full Throttle S’loonshine Peach Moonshine




Still Fired Distilleries Night Owl Coffee Moonshine
( Nova Scotia, Canada)  Made with freshly roasted organic fair-trade coffee, pure Nova Scotia honey and vanilla bean. 40° prf

Nose: Coffee, fresh brewed coffee, American coffee, Dunkin coffee, cold brew, hazelnut coffee, coffee beans, unroasted coffee beans, tree bark, vanilla.

Palate: Light coffee, coffee with milk, cold brew coffee, nutty iced coffee, dark roast beans, bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, not too sweet, refreshing.

Finish: American coffee, dark coffee, iced coffee, pure coffee beans, nutty, vanilla.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Still Fired Distilleries Night Owl Coffee Moonshine

 

 

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