Kings County Chocolate Moonshine Whiskey
Kings County Moonshine Corn Whiskey is made from a mash of 80% organic, cracked corn that Spoelman and Haskell source from the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, along with 20% Scottish malted barley. The grains are milled and mashed at the distillery before being fermented in wooden fermentation tanks built in Brooklyn. Following distillation, the moonshine is bottled at 80 proof. It has an aroma of sweet corn that is complemented by notes of pepper, roasted nuts and warm vanilla. The moonshine earned a score of 92 points from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible in 2013.
Kings County Chocolate Whiskey is made by steeping Kings County Moonshine in artisan cacao husks sourced from the Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory in Brooklyn. The chocolate and moonshine rest together for just over a month, giving the moonshine a deep mahogany color and an aroma of dark chocolate. "It's good for someone who either likes whiskey or chocolate — which includes most people, I guess" says Spoelman. "There's not a whole lot else like it out there." The initial flavors of sweet corn are nicely balanced by the subtle notes of rich, bitter chocolate and give way to a smooth and slightly sweet finish. Each of these bottles of whiskey is personally signed by Colin Spoelman, the master distiller of Kings County Distillery.
The moonshine brings a subtle sweetness to the earthy bitterness and rich flavor of the cacao. The combination is amazing, and there's no added sugar, so it's not overly sweet.