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    Virginia Sweetwater vs Virginia Lightning

    New distillery opened up recently in Marion, Virginia producing corn whiskey, Appalachian Mountain Spirits Distillery. They make corn whiskey, white Virginia Sweetwater and slightly aged(?) War Horn Whiskey. They are a little pricey ($25 and $33) for straight corn, but seems like the “moonshine” products are getting good sales in spite of too high price for the product. I bought the sweetwater and expected to be disappointed but maybe in a better mood for corn tonight. It’s a smooth sweet sip, very mellow. Slight lingering pleasant aftertaste.

    Took it head to head with Virginia Lightning ($17) from Belmont Farms of Culpeper, Virginia. Belmont is better known for their Kopper Kettle whiskey.

    Sweetwater has stronger “moonshine” nose, though Lightning at 100 proof & Sweetwater at 85 proof. Lightning has a bolder, more interesting flavor. Sweetwater is more mellow and definitely sweeter. Sweetwater would be more neutral mixer and probably preferred by generation y (the young folks), especially since it comes in a fancy bottle. Which do I recommend?... either one if ya in the mood for straight corn.

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    Re: Virginia Sweetwater vs Virginia Lightning

    I suspect gen y has more of a hankering for straight vodka.
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    Re: Virginia Sweetwater vs Virginia Lightning

    I was a big fan of Virginia Lightning too, but it was discontinued after the distillery was sold.
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    Re: Virginia Sweetwater vs Virginia Lightning

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    I was a big fan of Virginia Lightning too, but it was discontinued after the distillery was sold.
    I think maybe they returned to limited production of Lightning. Not sure how much gets distributed to other states.

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    I suspect gen y has more of a hankering for straight vodka.
    When are they coming out with bourbon flavored vodka? That would be a big hit.

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    Re: Virginia Sweetwater vs Virginia Lightning

    Quote Originally Posted by B.B. Babington View Post
    When are they coming out with bourbon flavored vodka? That would be a big hit.
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    Re: Virginia Sweetwater vs Virginia Lightning

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    I was a big fan of Virginia Lightning too, but it was discontinued after the distillery was sold.
    THey never stopped production and it continues today. A partner joined Belmont Farms to produce and distribute Original Moonshine but Virginia Lightning never went away.

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    Re: Virginia Sweetwater vs Virginia Lightning

    [QUOTE=B.B. Babington;362843] I think maybe they returned to limited production of Lightning. Not sure how much gets distributed to other states. [\QUOTE]



    Quote Originally Posted by VAGentleman View Post
    THey never stopped production and it continues today. A partner joined Belmont Farms to produce and distribute Original Moonshine but Virginia Lightning never went away.
    Thanks for the correction! Glad to hear it's still being made. No longer distributed in Michigan, though, sadly.
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    Re: Virginia Sweetwater vs Virginia Lightning

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    I suspect gen y has more of a hankering for straight vodka.
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    Re: Virginia Sweetwater vs Virginia Lightning

    Can't remember if I'm part of gen x or y. Either way I'm glad I don't drink the same as them.
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