November 30, 2005

Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey Review

Georgia Moon
Vital Stats: 100 proof corn whiskey
Typical Price: Less than $15 for 750ml - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits
Slogan: Less than 30 days old

Whiskey In The JarInitial Thoughts: We made some bold claims about whiskey alternatives this week, but we're not afraid to come right out and say that for a brief moment, we were afraid we weren't tough enough to drink Georgia Moon whiskey. "Bottled" in a Mason jar, this stuff is supposed to be reminiscent of moonshine (AKA corn likker, AKA white lightning, AKA white dog, AKA liver varnish), and it does a good job. Other snobs who expect their whiskey to be aged might have turned up their nose upon seeing the "less than 30 days old label" - we were excited to try some fresh whiskey.

Georgia Moon is clear, and upon twisting off the cap we were hit with the potent tang of sour liquor, followed by the smell of sweet corn. We took our first belts directly out of the Mason jar, as nature intended, and found that the taste was a bit sour too, especially in comparison with the sweetness of bourbon and other American whiskeys. It wasn't unpleasant, however, and we found ourselves swishing it around in our mouths and marveling at the straightforward and simple taste once we got used to it. For a crew used to searching for complexity in our booze, the simplicity of Georgia Moon was, well, intoxicating. That and the fiery 100 proof trail it blazed down our gullets, of course.

Cocktail Recipes: We actually didn't mix any recipes with Georgia Moon. We just joked about putting on some overalls, slugged it out of the jar and reminisced about that old Bugs Bunny cartoon with the feuding hillbillies. When we searched the InterWeb to find drink recipes, we couldn't find any, but we did learn that the episode we were thinking of was called Hillbilly Hare.

Finishing Thoughts: Corn whiskey isn't something we'd normally think of when browsing in the liquor store, but it's definitely a unique drink. We're glad we tried it, and while it might not go into our regular rotation, for the price it's worth it to have the jar around as a conversation piece alone. We recommend Georgia Moon for late nights when your still is broken, romantic evenings with your shotgun bride and those not-so-rare evenings when you feel like drinking out of a wide-mouthed jar.

Georgia Moon is part of the corn whiskey family distributed by Heaven Hill - the other labels include Mellow Corn, Dixie Dew and J.W. Corn. Learn more about Heaven Hill's "Other Whiskeys" at their website.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at November 30, 2005 6:39 AM
Recent Comments

It just has a bad taste not a fan at all......

Posted by: Ram at May 5, 2015 5:56 AM

GMoon sold in military Class IV stores, at least in GA. Have a jar and IS decent sipping liquor. "Carolina Moon" in Edgefield SC is now open w/2 stills in their country store, but currently licensed to sell their clear variety w/flavored on the way, like blackberry, margarita and others, but are awaiting federal approval; however they can be sampled in the store, again NOT sold. The clear is sold only on Saturdays, and I believe 20 gallons weekly at last check, 30 bucks a jar. I'm going this Sat, 18 Jan '14, the 1st real opening day.

Posted by: LeeT at January 16, 2014 7:35 AM

Well, most of the comments about how it sucks are pretty accurate and totally miss the point. Yeah it's green, it's unrefined, it's coarse, and the aftertaste is like a dusty corn cob.
Why did you buy shine if you want a fancy charcoal aged carmelized sipping whiskey? Sort of like buying a VW then complaining it won't perform like your brother in laws Porsche if you ask me.
This is the stuff my great uncles brewed in the smokehouse and hid in the root cellar when I was a kid. Johnny Walker or Crown Royal it ain't, nor is it supposed to be.
If you ain't man enough for Moon, go down to the pub and get yourself a frozen strawberry whatever with an umbrella in it.

Posted by: NCjones at January 31, 2013 3:16 AM

This has to be my all-time favorite.
Each liquor classification has its own unique qualities, whether Bourbon, Tennesse Sipping, and so forth. This is wonderfully unique unto itself.
The flavor in my opinion, is very clean, with distinguishing tones of comforting corn, like a food product.
I store the jug in the freezer. It will not break due to the alcohol content, and it cold filters the product to silky smoothness.
I have "tasted" the illegal stuff on five occasions, the last being the best, though much stronger in proof, and not nearly as flavorful.
Georgia Moon, is about perfect in strength and taste.
Having worked outdoors at 12 to 14 hours per day, six days a week, I could not winter without this help. To me, it's medicine, and not to be fooled with. On rainy days, and damp days, it's a GOD send. For plain old relaxing at home, it's quiet and mellow.

Posted by: Mr.B at December 13, 2012 8:43 AM

I must not have a complex palette because I never liked the taste of burnt wood in wine or whiskey. So when I found Georgia Moon I was pleasantly surprised . It reminds me of the stuff my grandfather made back in Tennessee. (dry county) I like the corn taste and haven't found another brand I like better as of yet. Now I'm going to have to go pour me a shot in his honor.

Posted by: Mike at January 29, 2012 4:02 PM

Jesus H Christ this stuff is BAD when drank neat!

Imagine drinking some rainwater from one of the bottom tyres in a 20-year-old old tyre pile… Yes, it’s *that* bad!

You still have to try this stuff though. ;)

Posted by: Steve at January 12, 2012 5:09 AM

We have a bottle of " Georgia Moon" Corn Whiskey - 86 Proof.
The johnson Distilling Co., Boston Mass. Albany, Ga.
Corn Whiskey, distilled in Ga.
This is what it reads on the bottle-(not a mason Bottle)
It has a "US Internal Revenue" seal on it. Still completely sealed. With a revenue # 537560538.
We know it came from great-grandparents, from the Georgia area, well before 1947.
Is there anyone who may know how to find out more, on this particular bottle. My adult kids want to drink it. I'm afraid to let them. Or, is it worth more with the Whiskey in it! Thanks,

Posted by: Linda at March 27, 2011 12:41 AM

It, AIN'T legal, to make ANY amount of hard liquor, ANYWHERE, in the USA. It is not only against the law, It is against the law to OWN a still. This is Federal law. PS, I got a 3 gallon still. Make a 2 gallon run, about once a month. I just tell everyone, I buy it. You can make beer and wine, not hard liquor. God Bless.

Posted by: Gordon at October 3, 2010 1:48 PM

I make moonshine every now and then (and beer) since it's legal in Missouri to do so without any kind of taxation, licensing, or hassle. I've seen this stuff in stores here and, surprisingly, in Connecticut, too. It's not bad.

Posted by: Mike at September 28, 2010 3:45 AM

I've like the real thing and I have tried Georgia Moon. It is close enough to the real deal to give you an idea of what "good" corn liker moonshine is like, but legally and at a lower alcohol level. Real moonshine is higher in alcohol content, but good corn liker tastes very similar t georgia moon. I recommend it. I like it and keep a bottle around.

Posted by: marko at September 26, 2010 6:52 PM

Since I've had a few belts of this straight from the jar (as God intended), I feel I'm qualified to comment on this review. In addition, my Southern heritage grants me such review privileges, whether I've imbibed this evening after supper or whether I've read scripture with the congregation.

Do not expect complexity with Georgia Moon. You will not find it. What you will find is reminiscence of soft southern evenings, sun setting and the moon shining. It hits home, so feel the sweet satisfaction of tasting the freshest 50 proof corn liquor you'll ever get ahold of, unless you're down south with me.

Loved the review - very accurate. Thanks to these fellas for a fine review, even after 5 years.

Posted by: Popcorn at April 7, 2010 7:36 PM

Just got some, and it was the 100 proof version. Review is accurate.

Posted by: GA at February 18, 2010 8:04 PM

For those looking to buy this smooth whiskey in person, good luck. I live in CT, and I've been able to find it in all of two liquor stores across the state.

I would very much like to try the Mellow Corn, but looks like I'll be reduced to ordering that one.

Posted by: Ben at January 29, 2010 6:21 PM

These are funny commentaries. Not so funny is the jar of 80 proof Georgia moon in front of me. Now I was expecting some kinda bad-ass kick from this stuff but was pleasantly coaxed by a really smooth sensation instead. I'm a little bit dissapointed that I'd never got to try the previous 100 proof version. I believe I could've handled it. Do they sell the 100 proof anymore? This 80 proof needs its own review to identify it apart from its predecessor.

Posted by: Scooterboy at January 21, 2010 11:28 PM

In 1965, my parents bought a lake house near Cleaveland, Tx. The place came with a caretaker who was a hermit.I was 23 and he was 65 but we hit it off. He was a bootlegger in the 20s and 30s. Underneath his shack was six gallon jugs of shine he hd made in 1935. I hsd some friends with me and he opened one up. fumes like gas rose out of that jug. We all took a hit of it andi thought i was gonna die!!! Last year i went back for thr first time since 1970. there was still onr jug left. The old man was dead. there was nobody to drink with, so i uncapped it and took a big swallow (forgot what it was like)and promptly died...or thought i was going to. I finally wised up and chased the next shot with a little water. Way better. Three shots later, i was alternating between the Starship Enterprise and the lincoln county wars in Nebraska. I think he might have put amushroom or two in his brew.This stuff was not georgia moon, biut my dad was born in Georgia. He said it was as good but not better. he liked the mushropom effect too. I still have about half a gallon left and i think on my birthday my four kids and are going to celebrate my 67th birthday. Thanks for reading this, and please excuse the typos.

Posted by: john malone at May 11, 2009 8:43 AM

I have seen this stuff in the liquor store from time to time but had never tried it.
I have had 190 proof crystal clear mixed with Hawaiian punch. Tastes good.
I`m thinking it`s probably close to the same thing.
I`m thinking next time I see it I am gonna give it a try.

Posted by: Tony at April 8, 2009 3:30 PM

Im not sure where all you people got your palates from, but the time I tried Georgia Moon about 25 years ago, I thought I was drinking paint thinner. It was harsh and VERY caustic on the tongue. Perhaps, in the years since then, the GM folks have improved the quality of this stuff, but 25 years ago it was worse then rotgut! It did have a wonderful sourmash aroma to it is about the only good thing I can say about this stuff!

Posted by: Butch at March 26, 2009 10:48 AM

resently a good friend of mine found some belongs of mine that some how made it to his folks house and found in it a bottle of georgia moon that i had bought back in march of 87 when i was in the service i siad we would crack it open next year for our 50th birthday case we both share the same day month and year of birth looking forward to it thanks

Posted by: mark martin at March 16, 2009 2:34 PM

I am interested in finding a ten gallon reflux still (preferably stainless steel). Do you know where I can purchase one? Thank you for your time.


Posted by: Rick at December 3, 2008 12:01 AM

My wife tammy and I are from chas. Sc. And due to the economy we have been forced to travel, so we turn our jobs into part work, part vacation. We both have expensive taste and love 100% agave shots (Can be very costly).

Due to us not receiving our final payment untill late friday evening, on a job in orlando fl, we were stuck in orlando untill the following monday.

On sunday (today) we did not have but $15 left. So we decided to go to the liquor store and get something to do shots with. I couldn't make my mind up with only $15 and then I saw the moonshine and reluctantly purchased it. I was thinking I may be better off buying cheap vodka.

I googled the moonshine from my cell and I came across this review prior to opening the jar.

I am not even sure what your company is. I assume it is an alcohol critics magazine. I can just say I will be looking at your website more.

We just opened the jar and we absolutly love it and cannot get over how "on the money" your review was.

We have a new shot!

Please send me some info on your business.

Posted by: jamie and tammy pye at November 23, 2008 6:34 PM

I love Georgia Moon straight over ice. I to always take the first taste out of the mason jar. I am only disappointed Georgia Moon is not sold in a large gallon jug. I hope they read this and sell it in as large a jug as legally possible. I love the taste and smell of the sour mash corn whiskey.

Georgia Moon is unique and taste awesome. Strange as it is, I do not like bourbons. I am a lover of Scotch but I love the the corn whiskey right out of the still.

I have personally introduced Georgia Moon to many and not one has ever said they did not like the smoothness of the corn whiskey. It is a very unique product. I hope they do very well and take my advice, sell it in a large jug.

Posted by: Barkeeper at August 2, 2008 8:43 PM

Georgia Moon is great. My grandfather used to make original moonshine when he was a kid. He does take a drink of anything know and he will not tell about the old days of drinking it. I think the georgia moon is the best thing to drink.

Posted by: Scott Fenner at December 25, 2007 4:52 PM

sounds odd, but I just got through with steeping ground coffee in Georgia Moon overnight in the fridge. it tastes like cold coffee with one heck of a kick.

Posted by: Ryan Reames at June 19, 2007 1:38 PM

I'm not one of the "older people" but my uncle told me about this recipe for colds and it might be what you are looking for. He said to use equal parts Georgia moon and hot water (about 1 inch of each in a cup), 1 Tbsp. honey, and 1 Tbsp. pure lemon juice and sip it while it's warm. Hope this helps.

Posted by: Mindy at December 9, 2006 11:38 PM

Georgia moon whiskey!!!! Does any of you older people know the recipe for homemade cough medicine which you use the whiskey??

Posted by: Jeremy Green at November 27, 2006 10:52 PM

I bought a bottle a few months ago because it looked cool. I've been afraid to touch it! Don't try sniffing it, it smells like rubbing alcohol. I had to check out your advice before I would even take a sip (afraid of going blind) and I am what you may refer to as a "seasoned" drinker.

I just pored about 1/4 of a shot into a saucer and lit it. It emits a beautiful fire for about 30 seconds. I wouldn't recommend lighting the whole bottle.

Posted by: Randy at November 23, 2006 4:28 AM


"When we searched the InterWeb to find drink recipes, we couldn't find any"
here are some recipes with Georgia Moon.

Posted by: Marlon at October 5, 2006 5:56 PM

I've been drinking this stuff for a couple of months now and absolutely enjoy it. I started out drinking it out of the jar like you said, but later started mixing it with Dr. Pepper. After a while it tastes like taking a big ole bite of cornbread and a refreshing Dr. Pepper. For the price it's definetly become part of my stock.

Posted by: T. J. at May 11, 2006 3:50 PM

Sorry it took us so long to get back to you...we're pretty sure this stuff is mostly available only in the South, but you can definitely find it at a lot of the online retailers around. We found it at Mission Liquors for $12.99...we've never ordered from these guys before but we've seen their name around a lot.

Posted by: Liquor Snob at December 7, 2005 6:12 AM

Where did you guys find this stuff?

Posted by: Alex at November 30, 2005 11:44 AM
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