Today I was sampling a little moonshine.
Now, that's a loaded sentence.
Anyway. I have in my possession a number of quarts of moonshine from counties west of here. They're all distilled from peach wine and they are all quite good. Very smooth. I know that 'shine has a reputation for being rotgut nasty - and I'm sure there is some pretty bad stuff out there - but I must have pleased the right people, because over the last 5 years or so, I keep getting some real nice illegal liquor from various sources for no real reason at all that I can think of.
Sometimes it's in the form of red table grapes covered in corn liquor. The jars are buried for a year or so. The resulting liquor takes one the grape character and the grapes... Well. They become fruity alcohol time release capsules that wind their way through you, popping off a little hit of high proof liquor every now and then. It's a nice sensation.
But, I must say, the peach 'shine is my favorite. It still has a peach flavor, but not like peach schnapps or the like. This had a serious kick to it, but it's quite mellow. Nice balance of taste and intensity. I would compare it with a very nice Italian grappa or Norman marc.
It's nice to know that there are still moonshiners out there with an eye and taste for quality liquor, as well as the art that goes into making it.