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Score

Southern Shine Apple Pie Moonshine, 50%

Price: $16 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Geoffrey Kleinman

Even though it has more alcohol than Southern Shine's straight ‘moonshine,' the nose is fairly evasive, with subtle cinnamon apple. The entry is much sweeter than expected, with caramel, cinnamon, and apple, but manages to be well-balanced by the base spirit, which adds pepper spice and enhances the cinnamon. The apple notes flirt with artificiality but end up reading as dried apple. The finish is long and maintains the cinnamon-apple spice well, but is a tad hot.