Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    373

    Troy & Sons small batch moonshine

    I was just gifted this bottle.

    Troy & Sons small batch moonshine, distilled by Troy & Sons out of Asheville, NC. 80 proof and described as "Whiskey handmade with Crooked Creek Corn", and on the back label as "authentic artisan moonshine".

    Nice presentation in clear bottle.

    Anyone tried this??

    They have an informative website, and just got a nice write-up in Garden & Gun.

    I'll report back after tasting. Seems appropriate as the BOTM is Mellow Corn.
    Last edited by wmpevans; 01-06-2012 at 10:58.
    "Civilization begins with distillation."

    William Faulkner

  2. #2
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    12,621

    Re: Troy & Sons small batch moonshine

    On principle, I have no interest in any product labeled as 'moonshine.'

    Typically, so-called 'legal moonshine' is either corn whiskey or vodka, and the fact that they say it's made with "Crooked Creek Corn" doesn't mean it's not vodka. The label should say, probably in small type, what it is legally.

    The TTB rightly does not recognize moonshine as a type, so the actual type must be identified on the label.

    While I understand the marketing benefits of using the term "moonshine," I hate that it perpetuates the myth that moonshine is a type of spirit rather than being merely any spirit made illegally. In reality, 'legal moonshine' is an impossibility.
    Last edited by cowdery; 01-06-2012 at 14:10.

  3. #3
    Guru
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    IL
    Posts
    4,559

    Re: Troy & Sons small batch moonshine

    “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Whiskey."

    Jono 1:23

  4. #4
    Guru
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Northwest of Peoria
    Posts
    4,437

    Re: Troy & Sons small batch moonshine

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    While I understand the marketing benefits of using the term "moonshine," I hate that it perpetuates the myth that moonshine is a type of spirit rather than being merely any spirit made illegally. In reality, 'legal moonshine' is an impossibility.
    Turkey bacon is an impossibility but they sell that stuff in the stores, too.

    I take it since the TTB does not define "moonshine" (and perhaps it is nowhere defined by law as an illegally produced spirit) the use of the term is not regulated. That being the case, producers may use the term at will?? So, we end up with the oxymoron of legal moonshine.

    Perhaps many feel this problem should be addressed for the sake of consumer protection.

    As for me, I think if a person isn't smart enough to look for the actual type somewhere on the bottle as defined by TTB its their own fault. But I'm not wholly unsympathetic to your point of view, Chuck.

    I would try the stuff if it were whiskey and not GNS. I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand because of their use of the word moonshine. I'm not particularly happy about it, but I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand either.
    Last edited by ILLfarmboy; 01-07-2012 at 23:48.

  5. #5
    Guru
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Northwest of Peoria
    Posts
    4,437

    Re: Troy & Sons small batch moonshine

    I got to thinking. Virginia Lightning is a bit of a play on white lightning. Does this bother anyone? Although, they do prominently refer to the spirit contained within as "corn whiskey" several places on the label: on the neck label, the front and back labels.

    They also list their website as virginiamoonshine.com

    I think I have an older bottle.

    Was the term white lightning even much used before that Burt Reynolds movie?
    Last edited by ILLfarmboy; 01-08-2012 at 11:30.

  6. #6
    Virtuoso
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    1,317

    Re: Troy & Sons small batch moonshine

    Quote Originally Posted by ILLfarmboy View Post

    Was the term white lightning even much used before that Burt Reynolds movie?
    The George Jones song by that name came out around 1960, I think. So yes.

  7. #7
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    12,621

    Re: Troy & Sons small batch moonshine

    Nothing of consequence ever originated in a Burt Reynolds movie.

  8. #8
    Bourbonian Of The Year 2013 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Just East of the Big Chicken, GA
    Posts
    6,120

    Re: Troy & Sons small batch moonshine

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Nothing of consequence ever originated in a Burt Reynolds movie.
    And, the really cool thing about Reynolds is that he'd probably be the first one to agree with you!
    JOE

    Wag more.
    Bark less.

    "Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama

  9. #9
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    988

    Re: Troy & Sons small batch moonshine

    Quote Originally Posted by Brisko View Post
    The George Jones song by that name came out around 1960, I think. So yes.
    I'm 71 and the term white lightning has been around as long as me, and probably longer.
    There's no such thing as bad whiskey, there's only over priced whiskey.

  10. #10
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Columbia. South Carolina
    Posts
    879

    Re: Troy & Sons small batch moonshine

    Just noticed this at the store and it does say Oak Reserve Whiskey.

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Small Batch
    By Gillman in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-06-2010, 15:31
  2. Wisre's Small Batch
    By Gillman in forum Foreign Whiskey
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 10-25-2008, 18:25
  3. Michters Small Batch
    By whiskeyme in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 04-30-2008, 15:51

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top