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Best Flavored Moonshine

 

The Fifty Best Flavored Moonshine Tasting 2019

 

The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 12 flavored moonshines with 14 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 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 and states of origin are identified for each brand, along with links to their websites.



DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Appalachian Moonshine Blackberry
(Appalachian Distillery, WV)

Nose: Blackberries, ripe blackberry, sweet berry, blackberry jam, currant, dark cherry, blackberry brandy.

Palate: Yummy blackberries, fresh blackberry, sweet blackberry, macerated blackberries, full rich berry, raspberry, blueberry, dark cherry, currant, whiskey, well balanced, very natural, nice, smooth, rich, rather tasty.

Finish: Fresh fruit, sweet/tart, nice balance, balanced all around, friendly, approachable, a great sipper.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Appalachian Moonshine Blackberry




Appalachian Moonshine Pawpaw
(Appalachian Distillery, WV)

Nose: Jack fruit, pear, kiwi, passion fruit, banana, custard, melon, lime, mint, cucumber, vegetal.

Palate: Mango meets papaya, mango, papaya, honeydew, melon, stone fruit, raisin, honey, raw sugar, pie crust, spearmint, woody, balanced, pleasing rich sweetness, smooth, rich mouthfeel, drinks like a liqueur, original, delicious.

Finish: Banana, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, tangy, nicely balanced, clean, soft, tasty, pleasant.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Appalachian Moonshine Pawpaw




Appalachian Moonshine Mountain Mud Coffee
(Appalachian Distillery, WV)

Nose: Fresh brewed coffee, cold brewed coffee, dark coffee beans, espresso beans, coffee grinds, nutty, mint, mineral.

Palate: Coffee, American coffee, black coffee, sweet coffee, espresso martini, molasses, touch of sugar, not too sweet, not cloying, rich, wood barrel, almost a liqueur, perfect coffee, nice, appealing.

Finish: Creamy Americano, coffee over ice cream, creamy, toffee, don’t need coffee - just drink this, delicious for after dinner, excellent.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Appalachian Moonshine Mountain Mud Coffee




GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Blackbird Distillery Hot Cinnamon Shine
(Blackbird Distillery, PA)

Nose: Hot cinnamon Red Hots, cinnamon, herbal cinnamon, sour apple, citrus, vegetal, leather, cedar.

Palate: Cinnamon, Big Red gum, sweet cinnamon, cinnamon candy, orange peel, spice, musty, woody, liqueur-like.

Finish: Rich cinnamon, smoky cinnamon, brown sugar, spicy, peppery, complex, pungent, well balanced.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Blackbird Distillery Hot Cinnamon Shine




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

Nose: Cinnamon, cinnamon pinecones, sweet cinnamon, vanilla, mocha, hot chocolate, French toast, bakery, sweet spice, black pepper, potpourri, oak, fragrant.

Palate: Hot sweet cinnamon, French toast, honey, chocolate, mocha, walnut, spicy, potpourri.

Finish: Sweet cinnamon, floral cinnamon, nice delivery, flavorful.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Climax Fire No. 32




Yalaha Apple Smack Moonshine
(Yalaha Bootlegging Co., FL)

Nose: Touch of green apple, cinnamon apple, apple & cinnamon cereal, cinnamon, cinnamon bonbons, cinnamon Red Hots, taffy.

Palate: Light apple, more cinnamon than apple, cinnamon Red Hots, spicy, spearmint, crisp, very lean, soft.

Finish: Cinnamon Big Reds, long cinnamon note, spicy, well balanced.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Yalaha Apple Smack Moonshine




Appalachian Moonshine Apple Pie
(Appalachian Distillery, WV)

Nose: Apples, apple flesh, green apple skins, dried apples, cinnamon, crust, sour mash, corn whiskey, smoky, woody, oak.

Palate: Macintosh apple, red apple, ripe apple, sweet apple, apple pie, cherry, mint, cinnamon, woody, wood, well balanced, medium-rich, creamy, smooth.

Finish: Apple crumble, apple, Christmas garland, biscuits, cinnamon, full flavored, nice and lean.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Appalachian Moonshine Apple Pie




SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Swede Hill Distilling Apple Pie Moonshine
(Swede Hill Distilling, WA)

Nose: Macintosh apple, apple skin, apple pie, pumpkin, subtle cinnamon.

Palate: Red Delicious apple, Honey Crisp apple, red apple skins, apple pie crumble, apple pie filling, rich apple cake, honey, molasses, cinnamon, sweet, balanced, nice richness.

Finish: Apple pie, creamy apple, sour apple, mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, some spice, flavorful.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Swede Hill Distilling Apple Pie Moonshine




Blackbird Distillery AppleBlack Shine
(Blackbird Distillery, PA)

Nose: Sweet red apples, sweet apples, green apple, apple cider, hot cider with cinnamon, hard cider, apple cherry, apple pie, pie crust, apple spice, cinnamon, spice.

Palate: Green apple, tart apples, red apple skins, cinnamon sugar apple pie, pie crust, cinnamon apple candy, Red Hots with apples, Red Hots candy, cinnamon, cardamom, spice, chewy.

Finish: Ripe Rome apple, apple pie filling, Red Hots candy, cinnamon, light spice, smoky, well integrated, tasty.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Blackbird Distillery AppleBlack Shine




Swede Hill Distilling Cherry Moonshine
(Swede Hill Distilling, WA)

Nose: Delicious cherry, red cherry, bright cherry, tart cherry, amarena cherry, cherry cobbler, sweet cherry candy, cherry Sour Patch, sour cherry candy, strawberry, cherry blossom, apple, mint, compelling.

Palate: Cherry, black cherry, dried cherries, cherry blossom, mint, spearmint.

Finish: Cherry, smoky, smooth, easy.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Swede Hill Distilling Cherry Moonshine




Yalaha Peach Moonshine
(Yalaha Bootlegging Co., FL)

Nose: Golden delicious apples, peach tea, grilled fruit, caramel, light cinnamon syrup.

Palate: Peach, yellow peach, ripe peach, burnt peach, peach syrup, rhubarb, rich cherry tartness, toffee, maple syrup, honey, herbal notes.

Finish: Delicate fade, spice, rich, fun, excellent.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Yalaha Peach Moonshine

 

 

 

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