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Old 01-25-2016, 10:28 PM   #1
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Default Anybody like Moonshine? Where/what to get in NYC

We're going to New York next week for a few days, I really fancy trying some moonshine and maybe bring a bottle home

I've seen Ole Smokey for sale back in the UK, but what's it like and is there anything better to consider across the pond? I've never tried it but do like my Bourbons & Rye's

Can anybody recommend a few good ones please? Thanks Dave
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:31 PM   #2
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I find that Ole Smokey is like the Bacardi or Jim Beam of Moonshine; too commercialized, and too much focus on flavors.

When I was in Montana I bought a bottle of white whiskey distilled from an IPA, and a bottle of moonshine that was much better than Old Smokey (or any of those famous moonshine brands).

I also got to sample them alongside their bourbon and rye whisky.

Here's a list of distilleries in NYC.

Hudson, Van Brunt, and Long Island Stillhouse are all pretty good because you could get good moonshine, rye, and bourbon!

There's also a well-stocked liquor store on the Chelsea Market where I got a bottle of Scarlet Ibis rum once.



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Old 01-29-2016, 04:53 PM   #3
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What does the rye taste like, and how much does it burn?
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Old 01-29-2016, 08:49 PM   #4
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What does the rye taste like, and how much does it burn?
Correction: It was not a rye whisky (for some reason I thought it was), it was called Harvest Select and it used barley, wheat, corn, rye.

The Harvest Select had a sweet, grassy taste with a spicy finish.

The Moonshine (pictured) had a sweet corn taste and not much of a burn.

The Hopshnop was the most interesting; it had mild tastes of buttered toast with a grapefruit finish.

None of them really burned at all and they all had more character than big brand whisky for the same price (and even higher).

They're currently aging in some used sherry casks so I'm looking forward to trying that eventually!
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Sorry for not replying sooner, thanks for the advice. Here's what I've night after having a chat with the store owner:







No idea of these are really any good but the shop had loads of different ones there and recommended these. The Manhatten ones meant to be awesome though
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Old 01-30-2016, 06:27 PM   #6
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While I'm not a huge moonshine drinker, I had one NY made one that was real decent. it was "Dutch's Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine" it is made from cane sugar. Black button also has a standard moonshine that is ok. Not sure about the flavored type, not my thing.

Whistling Andy is a decent company. I bought two bottles of their white rum from Chicago but never tried their other products. It was on close out from 39.99 to 19.99 if I recall.

Not sure if they still make the white rum as the batch date is from 2011. Seems like all the effort went into making a flavored rum variant.

You can see the white rum in this picture from 2012, second from the right.

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Finding any bottle of rum from a domestic or small rum importer that is that heavily discounted is a good example of what happens with smaller brands that get ahead of their market. It will probably be some time before you see that brand on a store shelf in that state again. It is possible that the rum changed distributors but that's not likely in this case.
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Whistling Andy is a decent company. I bought two bottles of their white rum from Chicago but never tried their other products. It was on close out from 39.99 to 19.99 if I recall.

Not sure if they still make the white rum as the batch date is from 2011. Seems like all the effort went into making a flavored rum variant.

You can see the white rum in this picture from 2012, second from the right.
They no longer make the white rum, the vodka or that cherry drink.
They're still making the coconut hibiscus rum and they now have a cherrycello liquor.

How do you like the coconut hibiscus btw?

I'm sharing a few interesting pics that I took while I was there;


Block of Brazilian sugar used to make the rum



Whistling Andy Copper Still



Whisky Barrels
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