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Platte Valley Moonshine 100% Straight Corn Whiskey

Platte Valley
Moonshine 100%
Straight Corn Whiskey


By Robert Plotkin

Most Americans have never had a sip of authentic moonshine. Distilled in backwoods of Appalachia and the American South since the 1800s, moonshine has for generations remained the illicit product of illegal enterprise. But changing social mores and the resurgence of American whiskeys has prompted many distillers here to begin marketing "new make" whiskeys, or what back in the day was referred to as "White Dog, White Lightning or moonshine."

Unflattering as those monikers are, white whiskeys are finding favor with enthusiasts and aficionados alike. When well made they're typically flavorful, exuberant and surprisingly refined, not at all like the breath-robbing firewater portrayed in the movies. No better example of this than Platte Valley Moonshine 100% Straight Corn Whiskey.

This all-American whiskey is produced by the McCormick Distilling Company in Weston, Missouri. It was founded in 1856 as the Holladay Distillery and continued to produce whiskey under different names and owners even through Prohibition—medicinal whiskey, of course. The McCormick name was actually purchased from another distillery and persists through the modern era.

Platte Valley Moonshine is distilled in small batches from corn that is milled into grist, mixed with hot water, fermented and distilled. After the whiskey exits the still it is aged for 3 years and bottled at 40% alcohol (80 proof).

There's something to be said for whiskey so skillfully crafted that its a bona fide pleasure to drink without it first having to be locked away in oak barrels. Platte Valley is crystal clear with a satiny, medium-weight body that tastes and smells like freshly husked sweet corn. The nose and palate are semisweet with notes of butter and fresh pears. The finish is clean and crisp.

"We were cool before moonshine became cool," said Vic Morrison, Vice President of Marketing for McCormick Distilling, producers of Platte Valley. "We've seen Platte Valley Moonshine duplicated, but never replicated, so today we raise a glass to longevity, authenticity, our loyal moonshine drinkers and new moonshine lovers everywhere."