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What does moonshine taste like?

Asked by Dutchess_III (33713points) 1 week ago

We went to Rick’s company Christmas party in KC. After the official party, 4 of us went to his coworker’s hotel room and talked and drank a little more.
His coworker showed me a jar, said it was moonshine. He asked if I wanted some, I said “Sure.”
It tasted exactly like apple cider! Went down that easy, too! I said, “This isn’t moonshine! It’s apple cider!”
He swore that it was, like, 98% alcohol.
I thought, “No way,” but I finished off what he gave me, which was a small, white, foam cup full.
But….I don’t remember much after that! Rick said I was fine. I left before he did, and got back to our room on the floor above. I even got up to let him in, when he knocked on the door an hour later because he’d only gotten one room key.

Could it have been moonshine?

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cazzie's avatar

Did he tell you what it was distilled from? Distilled apple is nice and strong and sweet. There is a distilled pear or apple wine that is a speciality in areas of France, called Calvados. It will put you on your ear. If you liked it, you can buy Calvados and compare the taste.

Dutchess_III's avatar

But how could it have not given some sort of kick, or burn going down?

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It greatly depends on what was used to make it. Corn shine is a little rough going down but it gives it character. Sugar shine is much much smoother and probably what you had. Most real good shine has been distilled from several grains and will be cut at above 100 proof. Depends on who made it. Some of it is spectacular, some is shit. The good stuff is essentially unaged whiskey with corn added to the mash and cut at a higher proof.
Some of the commercial stuff is close to the real deal. Here in tennessee there is a small distillery that makes sugar shine.

cazzie's avatar

But if it was sweet and tasted of apples it was either a form of calvados or a very clear but flavoured spirit.

cazzie's avatar

Calvados is very smooth. I suggest you get a bottle to compare, if Rick allows it. :)

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It was probably apple pie shine. The real stuff would taste like that.

Dutchess_III's avatar

If it was moonshine, that is some dangerous stuff!

cazzie's avatar

There is a local tradition here in the middle of Norway for a type of moonshine. It is weird stuff.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What is it?

cazzie's avatar

I’m not sure. They mix it with coffee. It doesn’t taste of much. They sell ‘flavour’ things at local stores.

kritiper's avatar

Moonshine I’ve seen was clear and had a bit of white something or other in it. Didn’t taste like anything except liquid fire. The alcohol content is much higher, too.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s what I would think, @kritiper. Fire. This had no more fire than apple cider.

Darth_Algar's avatar

From my experience about like what I’d expect paint thinner to taste like.

kritiper's avatar

I think what you might have had was hard cider. @Darth_Algar summed it up (the taste of real moonshine) rather well.

MrGrimm888's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me nailed it.

It’s usually called Apple Pie Shine ,or some variation….

Be careful drinking moonshine. If it was made in lead casks (which it almost never is anymore ) you could go blind drinking it.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

The shine maker has to know what they are doing. If they don’t toss a % of the the first run you could get a bottle that literally is paint thinner. Other volatiles distill out first. Same for the back end some volatiles vaporize at temps higher than ethanol. Doing this and mixing the result makes it safe. They use copper now anyway. I can’t even imagine anyone using lead.

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