Review: Darker 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.

4 months; Virgin Charred Oak
100% Corn
Distiller Last Straw (Vaughan, Ontario)

This spirit is to be released this Saturday, December 3. It is a different spirit than previously - their first batch of Dark Side of the Moonshine was distilled only once - but this, though also 100% Corn, was distilled twice for a more polished flavour, and, rather than put into a Tennessee whisky barrel, it was dumped into a new oak barrel. The result, just 4 months in, is astounding: rich woody flavors coming into a clean, light spirit. Go visit the folks at Last Straw and give this one a try, while supplies last.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: Cask 1
  • Bottling Code: N/A
  • Bottling Date: 2016

I really enjoy drinking this. This reviewed sample is only three months into the aging - though the released product will have another month of wood in it.

Rich toffee and oak, with walnut, roasted hazelnut, icing sugar, buttercream, nutmeg, and clove, with the confectionary quality on the nose growing even bigger with time. On the palate, quite confectionary yet with some good spice backing. Easy to drink and oaky with light smoke, rich toffee, caramel, banana, and some lighter apple notes. The finish is full of caramel, oak, toffee, and dried corn.

It doesn’t taste immature, even though it is so young – in part because the distillate is quite clean and combined with bracing oak influence. This has come along in just a few months...I think this is a bit too smooth to be called moonshine!

$50 at Last Straw Distillery, 40 Pippin Rd #9, Vaughan, Ontario

Score: 4/5