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Moonshine Standard of Identity

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I hope I am not repeating a post, but there are more and more "Moonshines" appearing on the market. I have not been able to find the standard of Identity for moonshine. Am I missing something, or is it considered a neutral? I have seen a lot of shine, but never one distilled above 95%, and shine is made from whatever they can get their hands on.

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Moonshine is a marketing term not a standards of identity classification. Our moonshine is corn whiskey. Some on the market are GNS or GNS with fruit added. Don't remember what they are calling them. I did see one moonshine that said grain neutral spirits with natural flavor.

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I make Corn Whisky, which is the tradditional Moonshine of these parts, South-West Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Virginia Sweetwater Moonshine. It is in the corn whisky class, the only clear spirit, unaged, that can be called "Whisky".

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No legal standard. The general interpretation is that it is unaged corn whiskey or a special made from corn and sugar. All sugar would be sugar shine. Most assume it is 100% corn whiskey, or nearly so (perhaps some malt for conversion). We respect that general concept, hence we call our unaged corn whiskey "white lightning" because it is not 100% corn (has rye and barley). Others consider white lightning to be a higher proof version, a light whiskey, rather than a whiskey. Some consider moonshine could be the same. We do call one of our products moonshine that is a corn whiskey with some honey in the ferment.

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