Is Moonshine on Its Way Back In? Check Out New "Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine"

October 3, 2012 1:20 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Ole Smoky Moonshine
Moonshine: it's what our American ancestors used to drink because it was illegal for them to drink anything else. Think of moonshine as the vice-equivalent of the coat hanger abortion: it got the job done, but doing it was so dangerous. Many went blind from drinking the stuff, and they were the lucky ones; others died from it. And that's even before we take into account the fact that brewing moonshine often caused the stuff to explode, spelling certain death for the brave brewer. (Photo: Uncrate)

Moonshine: it's what our American ancestors used to drink because it was illegal for them to drink anything else. Think of moonshine as the vice-equivalent of the coat hanger abortion: it got the job done, but doing it was so dangerous. Many went blind from drinking the stuff, and they were the lucky ones; others died from it. And that's even before we take into account the fact that brewing moonshine often caused the stuff to explode, spelling certain death for the brave brewer.

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Now, our fondness for moonshine is something between ironic and totally earnest, which means the product is ripe for a comeback. Yesterday, we reviewed Spodee, the equivalent of a moonshine sangria that'll have the drinker arching hir eyebrow upon first sip. But for a more pure take on the product, we turn to Tennessee, where one company is hoping to be the very last word in the stuff.

Enter Ole Smoky Moonshine, the first moonshine to be brewed legally in Tennessee. $40 gets you a big-ole jug of the 100-proof stuff that comes in flavors like apple pie, peach, blackberry, or our favorite, White Lightnin'.

Check out where you can buy the stuff here!



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