Review: Stillhouse Moonshine


It is either incredibly ballsy or impossibly stupid to package your new moonshine in the same type of stainless steel container that paint thinner comes in, but whatever the case I’m giving Stillhouse Spirits (which recently relocated to Columbia, Tennessee) credit for taking a huge risk and doing something unique.

This 100% unaged corn whiskey (flavored versions, not reviewed here, are also available) is made entirely from estate-grown corn. Otherwise, it’s straight-up moonshine, though brought down to a manageable 40% abv. The nose offers few surprises — big and buttery popcorn notes, petrol, and ethanol. A little rough around the edges, aromatically speaking, but manageable.

On the palate, it presents itself as a milder, gentler expression of unaged corn whiskey, its initial corniness segueing into mild caramel notes — surprising since this spirit has never spent any time in wood. The medicinal aspects of the whiskey are still there, but they’re held in check by a light body that is almost watery at times. The finish isn’t so much reminiscent of gasoline as it is of heavily roasted nuts, dried herbs, and licorice.

As moonshine, goes, Stillhouse isn’t half bad — but those looking for a more serious, high-test white spirit will find its dainty character a bit at odds with its over-the-top presentation.

80 proof.

B / $26 /

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3 Responses

  1. Anonymous June 29, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    agree its not popcorn sutton but i like the lower 80 proof

  2. Joseph Nelson July 21, 2017 / 11:06 am

    I recovered your awesome STILLHOUSE APPLE CHRISP WHISKEY , while shopping at a Giant Eagle store ! Burbon has been my drink for app. 45 years. Wow STILLHOUSE YOU HAVE CREATED A VERY SPECIAL SIPPING WHISKEY THANK YOU !! J D NELSON

  3. Tim G August 9, 2017 / 10:47 am

    I tried multiple stillhouse moonshines and they all had a metallic taste to them. I think it’s not the greatest idea to use the metal can. The other strange part is there is no contact information ANYWHERE for the company so you can’t call or email them to ask about this.

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