American Born XXX Moonshine 51.5%

When I asked a friend who was on holiday in the States to bring me back something unique I have to say I was rather pleased when she handed me this, it’s great to get something you’d struggle to get hold of in the UK and most spirit calling itself “Moonshine” is usually watered down to the 40% mark which completely misses the point.

The term Moonshine comes from the illegal stills which still operate, according to the TV show Moonshiners anyway, in the forests and hills of Kentucky and the distillers would work at night by the light of the moon, hence Moonshine, this obviously isn’t illegal but they’ve made it to a high strength to a traditional recipe and it comes in a cool mason jar with a Gadsden snake on the side which is all very “country” and it’s neat, I know it’s all marketing but sometimes marketing has its place. 
This is bottled at a whopping 51.5% and I took it neat in a shot for a laugh but also sipped it as well as adding some ice to calm things down a bit and I used it in a couple of cocktails which work okay if you’re looking for a spirit in your cocktail rather than whisky, if that makes sense.
Nose. Popcorn and buttery corn on the cob which you’d expect from a corn mash spirit, it has zero age to it which is the point so there is a huge sugar note too but raw sugar, superglue and just raw harsh spirit, but not in a bad way. 
Palate. Christ Almighty when you take this as a shot it fair wakes you up, I’ve been drinking spirits since I was 15 and this is a proper heavy hitter, takes your breath away but again, not unpleasant. popcorn again but sweet popcorn, there is a powerful raw spirit taste but not harsh like a cheap vodka would taste, it’s not that bad as a sipper either although I don’t think that’s really the point of it. 
Finish.  A faint sweetness, medium length, very decent.
This is a fun drink, it’s a “want to try something a bit different” sort of thing, shots with your mates or sloshed into a cocktail to add booze and some sweetness. I move house next month and I’m going to drink this and get a banjo and shout at passersby from my front step, it’s that sort of drink, don’t tread on me is on the side of the bottle, indeed.
The Captain.