HOW TO JUDGE moonshine straight from the still? This tasting was at an even higher proof (144) than its bottling strength (125)–albino dog? A mighty wallop in any event, but actually a more balanced body and less aggressive overtones than heavily charred or smoky spirits. Thick and with burly legs, the corn is fairly strong in the nose, with rye coming up a little towards the end. Barley minimal. Not too much spice or complexity here, though—just phases of heat as it crawls down the throat, like smoldering sugar.