Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine
40 Proof – Grain Alcohol
Approx. $26.99 750ml
Earlier this week I embarked on a journey to find this week’s bottle to review. It all started when I was sitting at home and kind of bored. I thought to myself that it seemed like a good time to start drinking, and I might as well show off my awesome multi-tasking skills and drink something I could review for Friday too. I began my journey by making a trip over to the liquor cabinet. After a few minutes of sifting through the collection of bottles that made their home inside, I came to the conclusion that there was nothing new at this location and that I should press on.
Continuing my expedition, I thought a colder destination might be a good idea and decided to explore the freezer hoping to find my hidden treasure. If I didn’t find an undiscovered bottle there, I anticipated that I could at least leave with an ice cream sandwich, but again I left heart broken and empty handed. Someone had even eaten all of the delicious ice cream sammiches. It was probably me, but I couldn’t let that stop my quest, not after I had invested this much time and effort. So I departed the freezer in search of more productive grounds. Luckily, it didn’t take long until I stumbled across the prize I was seeking! Sitting next to the refrigerator, hidden in a stash of forgotten liquors, was a bottle of Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine. My journey had finally come to an end.
I felt a little let down at first when I noticed that it was only 40 proof, not what you would initially expect from a moonshine, but I was done adventuring for the night, so I told myself, weak alcohol is still alcohol, time to give it a try. I started off with some on ice, and quickly discovered that you can taste an apple flavor with a little bit of cinnamon and brown sugar…kind of like an apple pie! They definitely did a pretty good job of pinpointing their advertised flavor. It also had a mild tartness to it, but very little alcohol taste and no burn at all. I also found out that drinking it on ice is OK at first, but don’t let it melt. With higher proof liquors, a little melted ice can help take that edge off and make them enjoyable without the need of additional mixers. But with this stuff, since it’s only 20% alcohol, it just gives it a watered down taste.
At this point, I figured it would be best to just skip the part of the review where I make an “and coke” version. Most likely, it would just add a hint of apple to whatever was thrown in with it. So I ended up drinking the rest of the bottle straight, which by the way, became my preferred method of consuming this stuff. It might be decent if you toss the bottle in the freezer for a few minutes, but it doesn’t really need it. It did start to creep up on the verge of being too sweet after a few cups, but it never quite got there. Overall I thought it was pretty good, not amazing, but for some reason I just couldn’t stop drinking it. It wasn’t my intention to finish the entire bottle that night, things just happened to work out that way. Being in the classic moonshine mason jar didn’t help either, since it conveniently acts as a nice big cup.
Even though I do like it, I don’t think I could bring myself to organize another journey to locate another bottle. Only because once it was empty, I was no where near how drunk I should have been for almost thirty dollars. So the next time I venture out in search of an unsobering liquid, I’ll have to look in another direction.