Review: Ole Smoky Distillery Apple Pie Moonshine

You say apple pie, I say apple pie moonshine. Yes folks, it’s two great tastes that taste great together, with Tennessee’s Ole Smoky Distillery moonshine — 80% corn and 20% mystery — making up the backbone of a classic yet indescribable spirit.

The nose and body scream cinnamon and apples, in that order. This is as close to apple pie in a bottle as I’ve ever experienced (and yes, I’ve experienced other attempts), with an authentic sweet-and-spicy character that is — shockingly — far from cloying. It helps that Ole Smoky kept the alcohol to a mere 40 proof, which drains all the heat out of the spirit and makes it wholly suitable for sipping or for use as a grown-up dessert topping. There’s even a hint of the “moonshine” aspect of the spirit in there… somewhere.

I know, this sounds like it can’t be good, and for sure it’s nothing I’d drink every night, but something I’d drink once in a while… maybe with a banjo by my side.

B+ / $25 /

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6 Responses

  1. B.E. Earl May 4, 2011 / 8:44 pm

    I’ve tried Midnight Moon’s Apple Pie and found it to be delicious. Higher proof at 70 than this one here, so it had a bite.

    I wouldn’t watch an episode of Justified on FX without it!

  2. Diane E. August 28, 2011 / 12:42 pm

    I bought some of this in Gatlinburg last week. Had several Apple Snap drinks at local restaurants and bars that were GREAT! But now, I am looking for the drink recipe — any clues?

  3. Mlarsen August 19, 2012 / 7:50 pm

    I’m in Minnesota .. Would like to try .. Where can I get it

  4. Mlarsen August 19, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    I’m I’m minnesota . Where can I get it. .. Or sent privately ..

  5. Landon December 31, 2012 / 2:06 pm

    Im in Tennessee and you can buy Mid night moon and ol smoky at any liquor store . im sure they have it in every other state… Ive tried the blueberry moonshine from midnight moon its is 100 proof and it taste just like rubbing alcohol. the ol smoky apple pie is 40 proof and is smooth

  6. Karl February 7, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    Out in Los Angeles, moonshine has become very popular, due to the popularity of the “Moonshiners” show. Apple pie and peach are especially prized. And it’s damn good stuff.

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