Review: Dark Side of the Moonshine (Last Straw Distillery) / by Jason Hambrey

Image copyright by Last Straw Distillery Corp. Used with Permission.

Image copyright by Last Straw Distillery Corp. Used with Permission.

1 year; Tennesse Whiskey Barrel
100% corn
Distiller Last Straw (Vaughan, Ontario)

This is not whisky, and so begins one of many non-whisky spirit reviews to come. Last Straw Distillery in Vaughan, Ontario, started selling their spirits this year and this week I will review a number in anticipation of their launch part for the "Darker Side of the Moonshine" on Friday, December 2.

Last Straw Distillery produce a number of products, and, while focused on the eventual prospect of their whisky, have released a number of other products in the meantime. One of these, Dark Side of the Moonshine, is based on a recipe of 100% corn, aged for 1 year in a Tennessee whiskey barrel. As a micro-distiller, however, focus is on innovation and experimentation, consequently, as this product continues it may come in many different forms.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: First
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: 2016

This smells like a dripping wet bourbon barrel. Plentiful spices, barrel char, walnut, pepper, toffee, and corn husks develop nicely before the nose opens up to reveal more brilliant nutty oils. The palate is clean, big, bold, and creamy, again driven by the bourbon cask but with some light pepper, dried corn husk, sunflower seeds, drying reeds, and mixed roasted nuts - it works a trick! Banana bread, toffee, and roasted hazelnut also find their place on a nice finish. Dried corn jumps from the empty glass.

$45 dollars at Last Straw Distillery, 40 Pippin Rd #9, Vaughan, Ontario

Score: 2/5