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Salted Caramel Moonshine: The Start of a New Trend?

Philadelphia Distilling in — you guessed it — Philadelphia will release a new variation of its popular XXX Shine: Salted Caramel XXX Shine. The original version is an un-aged whiskey distilled from corn. To that, the distiller adds flavors of sweet buttery caramel and sea salt. The 750-ml bottle will retail for around $25.

I think we might be on the verge of a new trend in craft spirits: flavored white whiskey. White whiskey, with its grainy goodness, might just be the perfect base spirit for all kinds of fun flavors.

Right now, there are a few types of flavored moonshines available. Piedmont Distillers in North Carolina offers a line of flavored moonshine called Midnight Moon. They infuse their un-aged corn whiskey with fresh fruit like blueberries and apples.

Or try Peach or Apple Pie Moonshine from Ole Smoky. In fact, apple pie moonshine is a traditional way to enjoy your hooch. Combine apple cider, apple juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks and moonshine together. Voila!

Un-aged whiskey is increasingly popular among craft distillers and bartenders, not only because America loves moonshine, but also because distillers can get their products to market faster if they don’t have to wait for the whiskey to age. Bartenders are also using more white whiskey in their cocktail menus, and with flavored variations, the possibilities can only get more exciting.


Craft Brewing And Distilling News for September 17, 2012, Shanken News Daily
Apple Pie Moonshine, Tasty Kitchen


The Hooch Life Guide to American Whiskey