…..While at the local package store we recently received a free sample of a product called Cat Daddy Moonshine. We get a little backed up around here so it sat for a while on our shelf, but after giving it a try it took us a few days to describe exactly what we tasted. Having very little knowledge about moonshine other than what I’ve seen on television or read about in books, I decided this would be a perfect time for a history refresher. By definition, moonshine is “any distilled spirit made in an unlicensed pot”. That right there raises a few eyebrows. Considering this product is sold over the counter, I would highly doubt that Peidmont Distillers in North Carolina or any of the other moon shine selling liquor companies like them are working without a license. In fact, Cat Daddy is manufactured at the first LEGAL distillery in the Carolinas since prohibition. After reading the bottle I noticed this spirit clocks in at 40% alcohol (80 proof), which also is substantially lower than what most moonshine fans are use to. One thing true to the nature of moonshine is that this product is flavored. Many moonshiners would often infuse their favorite fruit into the recipe to create some family favorites. I’m not sure what all flavors are in this but they come together to form an amazing aroma similar to a bouquet of flowers. But it’s smell is only half the battle. How does it taste?
Tasting Notes: This product has one of the most interesting flavor profiles I’ve encountered. Sweet, spicy, aromatic, vanilla, toffee. There is something very familiar about it’s taste but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Moon shine it is not. It actually tastes like a sweet form of sambuca. This one definitely offers more complexities than your average moonshine grandpa whips up every so often.
Overall:If you were actually expecting a genuine moonshine you probably would be disappointed. Being able to purchase it in a large beverage store should have been the first clue. Noticing it was only 80 proof should have been the second. That being said I guess the perfect description for this would be a “universal” liquor. It’s very smooth, easy to sip, and very much mixable in just about any mixer that tickles your fancy. It’s unique flavor profile makes it perfect for mixing in cocktails. In fact, many of the recipe suggestions on the Cat Daddy website take classics or favorites and replace vodka with their own product. I can’t say I’ll be rushing to the store to purchase this product but I can definitely appreciate what it brings to the table. It’s interesting to say the least.
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