Producer: Manhattan Moonshine. ABV 47.5%. Grain bill: oats, spelt, rye (proportions undisclosed). Price: $40.
Moonshine, white whiskey…whatever you want to call it, the drink often gets a bad rap. Too immature, too fiery. Personally, I’ve always quite enjoyed the stuff, but I know that few share my enthusiasm.
Which is why I was so pleased to discover the glory that is Manhattan Moonshine. Will Kehler and his team have a rather unique recipe for their drink, one that replaces the traditional corn with oats, and adds spelt and rye into the mix.
The result is a thorough delight. The nose has hints of cereal along with the alcohol, and a touch of lemongrass. The palate is where the oats come through. It’s a subtly sweet taste that contains stronger cereal notes and slight pepper. I found it lovely to sip on its own, but it also performs admirably well in cocktails.
I imagine the price may be a deterrent for some–skeptics will say you’re paying for the eye-popping Art Deco bottle as much as the contents–but if you’re willing to plunk down the money, you’ll be well rewarded.
Cheers, friends! – TM