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Moonshine doesn’t make Bourbon

This is a short article to help better understand the general differences between Moonshine and Un-aged Bourbon.

Understanding the variances between different types of liquors should be important to the individuals that are partaking in the consumption of such libations.

There are many people that may use broad and general terms or statements to address or explain items that they do not know much about. For instance, one may say, “Moonshine is an un-aged Whiskey” and one may say that, “…all small aircrafts are called Jets“. Well the truth is that not all small airplanes are Jets and Moonshine is Not at all Whiskey.

Moonshine, Bourbon, Scotch, Vodka, etc., are all “Liquors” but, only two of these liquors mentioned are actual whisk(e)y (i.e. Bourbon and Scotch). Liquor is a Distilled Spirit but, Whiskey is made up from only harvested grains. Moonshine is made up of mostly sugar (i.e. processed sugar, molasses, sugar cane, etc…) and a very small amount of grain (i.e. mainly corn but, only about 2-5% of the total “Bill”).

In very general terms, Bourbon is made when “White Dog” is aged in a new charred oak barrel (For rules of Bourbon please click on the “Bourbon Rules” link above). You are unable to make Bourbon from Moonshine (or White Lightning– a term used in particular regions of the United States to describe Moonshine). Moonshine is much easier to make because of the lack of cooking which grains must endure. Yet, the distilling process between Moonshine and White Dog (i.e. un-aged Bourbon) is very simular. “New Make” is a similar term but, this it refers to an un-aged Whiskey in general; this term does not apply to Moonshine.

-Dehneac

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike D permalink
    January 10, 2012 1:38 pm

    Did you forget about Irish whiskey? Another fine beverage.

    • January 10, 2012 2:42 pm

      Mike, thanks for the reply. Irish Whisk(e)y could never be forgotten. If noticed the Line states, “…Moonshine, Bourbon, Scotch, Vodka, etc…”. Irish Whisk(e)y is certainly implied in this statement. The article is intended as a brief/beginning understanding of some differences between Moonshine and Un-age Bourbon.

      Thank you very much for your interest is SHW and I look forward to your replies in the future.

      -Dehneac

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