Silver Lightning Moonshine, 49.5%

Price: $40 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

You wouldn't believe from the nose on this white whiskey that it's nearly 50% alcohol. Sweet, fresh-milled cornmeal combines with slightly acidic and floral pear, with just a dash of yeast to form an inviting and approachable nose. On the palate it's equally affable and well-balanced, with sweet corn, crisp pear, and white pepper spice. A nice long finish with a touch of cooling rounds off an expertly-crafted and enjoyable moonshine.