Midnight Moon Moonshine, Apple Pie Flavor

I have to admit it.  I have been watching the television show Moonshiners, since it started.  I don't know if it is "real" or not.  At this point, since some of the folks on it make me laugh, I decided that I don't need to know how real, or scripted, the show is.  I have already been to the location that distills Virginia Lightning, and I enjoyed their product.  I have to admit that they did not think this web site worth their time to post on their web site, but neglect sometimes hits the alphageek.  Do you suppose the good folks at Virginia Lightning mentioned me when they were on Moonshiners ?  I suppose that part got edited out.

Sometimes Moonshiners shows the distribution end of the business.  While I cannot believe a guy would let himself be filmed while running moonshine, I guess I cannot be certain.  As a part of the running the hooch, the guy takes the moonshine and mixes up a drink called Apple Pie.  Basically, he takes some moonshine, adds some apple juice and some cinnamon sticks.  He passed it around for people to sample before making a purchase.  This business model appeals to the alphageek, enough to perhaps give this unusual combination a try.  I have to admit, even though I am a bourbon guy, that drink looks pretty good.  Besides, living in Virginia almost my entire life means I need to try some moonshine.

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Midnight Moon, Apple Pie Moonshine (click to enlarge)

So, I take a look at my purchase after I get home.  The drink is attractively packaged in a jar shaped like a mason jar, complete with a lid.  Think old school mayonnaise jar. The jar and labels are actually attractive in a simple sort of way.  There is another picture at the end of the article, but I liked the jar so much, I took a series of about ten picture that you can see at this link .

I will say I did not research this product before buying.  Edit:Piedmont Distillers makes this fine product. (Since they actually contacted me via Facebook, I thought I could at least let you know.)  If you want to know about the background, I suggest you go to google and type moonshine Junior johnson apple pie, or some other such attempt.  I do not just take other posts from other sites, and put them on here.  I promise all original content and nothing more.  If you want a site that recycles other people's work, they are out there.  After all some really big bourbon sites have stolen my pictures.  You know who you are!  Buy a camera!

I sat down to take a sample.  When I opened the bottle, I decided to sample the aroma.  While the moonshine did not smell bad, it smelled sort of medicinal and made me a little hesitant to sip a little.  After a minute or so, I gave in and tried it. I could not have been more wrong, this is a great flavor!  No wonder the runner was giving a sample away,  the stuff sells itself.  The apple juice and cinnamon work together, giving a taste somewhat like apple pie with a kick.  I tried a little more, and decided that this drink was going to get a place on the shelf, along with my bourbon.  The flavors taste anything but medicinal.  I had a flashback to some "grain punch" I sampled once or twice.  In both cases, the flavors cover up the bite of the alcohol and allow for a smooth and pleasant drinking experience.  Just be careful not to over enjoy because I suspect these flavors could sneak up on you.

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It really is Apple Pie (click to enlarge)

Now that I am enlightened  I am tempted to try to make my own apple pie.  Of course, I will have to use the legal moonshine, and leave the running to someone else.  Don't ask me how to make apple pie.  Try that new thing on the internet, google, and see if you can find a recipe.

Buffalo Trace White Dog

Recently, we went to one of my favorite liquor stores, Greens.  Greens is located in Greenville, SC, so at least it is easy to remember where the store is.  Well, at least what city is in.  I think there are Greens in other cities, but I can't remember.  See how helpful the Greens in Greenville is?

We stopped in, and I decided to get something unique, that I have never seen before, and review it, just for you.  Sure, I could have recycled some stuff, but I am the alphageek, and I don't recycle.  Well, I don't recycle writing.  The bottles always go in the recycling because Mrs. alphgeek says so.

This bottle caught my eye, because it lists all of the ingredients of bourbon, but is says nothing about being bourbon, or even whiskey, on the label.  It just says "Mash #1".  The label also says "corn, rye and malted barley".  I suspect this is what goes into the barrels.  I know I could look that up on google, but that would just be recycling someone else's work.  Do I recycle?

I decided this would be interesting to try, because of an experience I had while touring a distillery several years ago.  The tour guide passed around some jars, one of which had the liquor that goes into the barrels.  The liquor was clear and colorless   I decided that the alcohol would kill any germs, so I dunked my finger in and took a tasted.  What I tasted was recognizable as bourbon, but not very smooth, and no smokey taste, which seems obvious.  I wondered if Buffalo Trace White Dog would taste similarly?

I opened the bottle and beheld the aroma that is Buffalo Trace White Dog.  Much like my experience before, it has the hints of the smell of bourbon, but also (dare I say) moonshine.  At least, what I was told is moonshine.  I have never seen a still anywhere except a museum.  As I continue to smell, I notice that the aroma grows stronger toward the moonshine and less toward bourbon.

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Buffalo Trace White Dog (click to enlarge)

As I take a taste, my experience is much the same as before.  I recognize it as bourbon.  Well, I recognize the the liquor will become bourbon.  It is a somewhat harsh taste, but not bad.  Certainly, one notices right away that the proof is 125!  It is much stronger than many other drinks out there.  Imagine yelling SMOOOTH, and beating ones chest sort of strong.

While interesting to try, I am not sure Buffalo Trace White Dog is for everyone.  I would recommend it for a "bourbon person" that is looking to try something new. How about someone who only drinks for medicinal purposes? Better yet, you can come have a sip of mine, and save the expense.  Have something to say?  Why not leave some feedback?

Wild Turkey 81

Well, not much has been happening over here on Alphageek's Thoughts.  The lack of activity does not mean that I don't have any thoughts, but those thoughts have been over on Alphageek Talks Food.  I decided to take a little trip over to the store and pick up some new inspiration, to share some inspiration on this proud but neglected site.  The inspiration was readily available at one of my favorite package stores, Green's.

I was going to start this article by raving about Green's, and what a cool place store it is.  However, events have occurred to intercept those thoughts, and replace them with a little rant that I hope you enjoy.  Don't worry, I will rant on about Green's at some other point.

We enter the store, and I notice there is a bottle of Wild Turkey that is somewhat different than the others.  Take a look at the picture yourself if you do not believe me.  The bottle very clearly says 81, instead of the usual 80 I expected to find.  At first, I thought the bottle might be a tribute to Interstate 81, but I then realized that thought was wishful thinking.  I decided to take a chance, and purchased the interesting bottle.

I arrived at home, and did what any good geek would do with a new bottle of bourbon: I googled it to find out what the story behind the new proof was.  I know 81 does not seem very different from the usual 80, but the geek in me knew something was different, and that difference of 1 was trying to tell me something.

The search results first allowed me to find out that this is indeed a new blend from Wild Turkey.  The new blend was designed to be more "mixable" in today's drinks.  Okay, so that was interesting.  What really gets me going in a bad sort of way is reading the press release.  Fine, the makers have a press release.  So I search around to see what others think of the new bourbon.  All I could find were people reposting the darn press release.  Real sites, where people make money!  I am supposed to trust pinheads that present press releases as "work" and get paid for it?  Talk about getting paid to do nothing.  I make only one promise here:  I write this stuff.  Good or bad, you are reading my thoughts, and not regurgitated text from some other site.

So, what are my thoughts on this bourbon?  It is a different kind of drink.  It is very flavorful, yet somehow the taste is more easily dispersed in a drink.  After I added a little ice, I definitely noticed that the bourbon was a little weak for my tastes.  Yet somehow, the bourbon was great with just a touch of ice, or even just neat in a rocks glass.  The flavors are somehow still fully there, yet more subtle.  I find it to be a very enjoyable drink, that is worth checking out, or inviting yourself over to try.

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Wild Turkey 81 Proof (Click to enlarge)