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Moonshine Whiskey

You’ve probably heard it called white lightning, hooch, ‘shine or mountain dew. It’s Moonshine, the liquor with the strongest in American heritage and a reputation for being the underground Southern tipple of choice. So what exactly is Moonshine? Where did it come from and is it worth a sip? Frootbat digs deep into its roots to tell you everything you need to know about this famous tipple.

The History of Moonshine
The infamous title "moonshine" is understood to hail from the term "moonrakers," who were early British smugglers and the underground activity of illegal southern distillers who produced and distributed whiskey. at night to avoid being caught by the authorities.

Moonshine’s production began in the days when corn farmers, seeking extra income, and facing a limited road network making it difficult to transport crops to market, realised that, in making the corn into whiskey, they could transport much lighter loads holding much higher value.

Even more value could be found in selling the liquor illegally and avoiding the federal tax on liquor that had been introduced as a result of national debt following the Revolutionary War. Therefore, the production and transportation of Moonshine was conducted after dark.

The liquor would be produced and then transported and sold by ‘Bootleggers,’ who initially concealed the product in their long riding boots. With the wider introduction of the car, bootleggers swapped horses for cars, racing through the night to avoid the police. The culture of fast car lovers bootlegging produced eventually grew into the NASCAR racing series as we know it today.

These days, although there is still underground Moonshine production, you’ll see many legitimate (and taxed!) un-aged products on the shelf that have borrowed the name to represent the history and sentimentality it carries.


What exactly is Moonshine?
Moonshine begins in the same fashion as whiskey, with a base recipe of corn meal, sugar, yeast and water with other ingredients sometimes being added for flavor. The corn is ground, then soaked in hot water in a still, with malt added to convert the starch in the corn into sugars.

Although any kind of grain can be used in the production of Moonshine, most Moonshine in the last 150 years has been made with corn.

Yeast is then added to lick start the fermentation process (turning the mixture into the ‘mash’, which is then heated in the still. The alcohol in the mixture evaporates and is swiftly cooled to condense the steam back into liquid to be collected.

The major difference comes at this point. Whiskey is then aged, sometimes for many years. Moonshine is not. This clear, potent liquid, bottled directly after this process, is the final product. Due to its lack of aging it’s clear and very high in alcohol.


What does Moonshine Taste Like?
Described as having and intense kick and burn, due to its lack of aging, Moonshine actually has a lack of very strong flavour aside from that of alcohol.. As is the case with most liquor, the taste profile depends very much on the brand. The recent trend for legal ‘Moonshine’ has led to distilleries focusing on creating a smoothness and flavour like never before. So much so, that this previously sub-standard liquor is now well worth a try!


If you’re interested in discovering what the hype about Moonshine is all about, Frootbat recommends Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1 to give you the best of introductions.
FROOTBAT HAS 38 Moonshine Whiskeys AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO United States
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Silver Western Oat Whiskey
High West Silver Western Oat Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$30.297 buying options
White Whiskey
Bully Boy White Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$27.991 buying option
Devil's Share Small Batch Moonshine
Cutwater Spirits Devil's Share Small Batch Moonshine 750ml Bottle
$26.894 buying options
Unaged Tennessee Rye Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Unaged Tennessee Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$59.992 buying options
Silver OMG Pure Rye Whiskey
High West Silver OMG Pure Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$31.955 buying options
1000 Stills White Whisky
Adirondack Distilling Company 1000 Stills White Whisky 750ml Bottle
$29.991 buying option
Moonshine Corn Whiskey
Kings County Distillery Moonshine Corn Whiskey 375ml Bottle
$36.192 buying options
White Lightning Moonshine
Firefly White Lightning Moonshine 750ml Bottle
$18.998 buying options
W.R. Organic Whiskey
Journeyman Distillery W.R. Organic Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$28.892 buying options
Small Batch White Rye Spirit
Dad's Hat Small Batch White Rye Spirit 750ml Bottle
$29.995 buying options
The Original Moonshine Clear Corn Whiskey
Stillhouse Distillery The Original Moonshine Clear Corn Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$19.9916 buying options
Botanical Straight Rye Whiskey
Pow-Wow Botanical Straight Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$39.991 buying option
Artisan Wry Moon Unaged Kentucky Pot Distilled Rye Whiskey
Corsair Artisan Wry Moon Unaged Kentucky Pot Distilled Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$29.983 buying options
Climax Moonshine
Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine 750ml Bottle
$28.995 buying options
Original White Lightning Moonshine
American Born Original White Lightning Moonshine 750ml Bottle
$21.997 buying options
Harley Davidson Charred Moonshine
Ole Smoky Harley Davidson Charred Moonshine 750ml Bottle
$19.992 buying options
Wicked White Whiskey
Catskill Distilling Company Wicked White Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$23.974 buying options
Blue Flame Moonshine 128 Proof
Ole Smoky Blue Flame Moonshine 128 Proof 750ml Bottle
$19.996 buying options
Jacob's Ghost White Whiskey
Jim Beam Jacob's Ghost White Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$21.994 buying options
Midnight Moon Moonshine 100 Proof
Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon Moonshine 100 Proof 750ml Bottle
$14.999 buying options
Corn Whiskey Moonshine
Platte Valley Corn Whiskey Moonshine 1.75lt Decanter
$21.992 buying options
White Oat Whiskey
Koval White Oat Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$35.991 buying option
Platinum Heirloom Moonshine Whiskey
Troy & Sons Platinum Heirloom Moonshine Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$24.982 buying options
111 Proof Moonshine
Onyx 111 Proof Moonshine 375ml Bottle
$19.991 buying option
Corn Whiskey
Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$14.994 buying options
George Washington Estate Edition Unaged Rye
Hillrock Estate Distillery George Washington Estate Edition Unaged Rye 375ml Bottle
$60.001 buying option
Oak Reserve Moonshine Whiskey
Troy & Sons Oak Reserve Moonshine Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$40.991 buying option
Original Tennessee Moonshine 100 Proof
Ole Smoky Original Tennessee Moonshine 100 Proof 750ml Bottle
$19.9912 buying options
Carolina Moonshine
Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine 750ml Bottle
$19.985 buying options
White Rye Whiskey
Koval White Rye Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$42.992 buying options
Firecracker Rye Unaged American Rye
Freedom Moonshine Firecracker Rye Unaged American Rye 750ml Bottle
$20.992 buying options
Wasmund's Single Malt Spirit
The Copper Fox Distillery Wasmund's Single Malt Spirit 750ml Bottle
$37.492 buying options
White Whiskey
Death's Door White Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$28.484 buying options
Rye Dog White Whiskey
Two James Spirits Rye Dog White Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$18.974 buying options
Midnight Moon Moonshine
Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon Moonshine 750ml Bottle
$19.992 buying options
White Lightnin' Moonshine 100 Proof
Ole Smoky White Lightnin' Moonshine 100 Proof 750ml Bottle
$19.999 buying options
100 Proof Corn Whiskey
Georgia Moon 100 Proof Corn Whiskey 375ml Bottle
$5.992 buying options
Jacob's Ghost White Whiskey
Jim Beam Jacob's Ghost White Whiskey 50ml Bottle
$1.991 buying option
White Dog Mash # 1 Whiskey
Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash # 1 Whiskey 375ml Bottle
$16.995 buying options
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