A couple weeks back, I had the opportunity to meet a true dynamo, Troy Ball. She’s a horse riding, blonde haired, mother of three who makes moonshine in Asheville, NC and a spark plug to boot. (Like, the kind of person I’d really like to be friends with. Like … actual friends that go to brunch and watch “Scandal” together.)
Her distillery is at the foot of the Blue Mountains in Asheville and they have family members that actually work there. They even use white corn sourced from a local farm to make their spirits. Troy & Sons’ moonshines were created when Troy learned that most back woods moonshiners (can I say that?) keep the best of each batch of moonshine for themselves and sell of the harsh leftovers. So, she decided to make good moonshine and give the people the best of it. (Nice.) The smoothness of all the T&S moonshines is incredibly surprising. We sipped each before trying them in cocktails, and both ways were enjoyable.
Troy & Sons Platinum Moonshine | The mildly sweet flavor of Platinum isn’t too powerful but still stands up nicely in cocktails. Unlike the name “moonshine” suggests, it doesn’t burn at all. The Platinum is also in a beautiful bottle (that I’m stoked to add to my new bar (cart) when I get it!)
80 proof, $29.99 for 750ml
Troy & Sons Oak Reserve Moonshine | While it’s bottled similarly to the Platinum, the flavors couldn’t be more different thanks to its six months of aging in bourbon barrels*. The short aging gives it a light amber color and slight flavor notes of caramel with a touch of pepper. It is smooooooth (oh baby) and was delicious in the cocktails that we were given during the tasting dinner.
80 proof, $39.99 for 750ml
Blonde Whiskey | The first of their “Blonde” line options, it is made from “the best grains of the old world to the latest in distilling technology.” The flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, caramel, and honey earned during its 1.5 year aging in custom honeycomb barrels. This deliciousness SHOULD be sipped on its own, tainted only by the two cubes of ice (tops) if you MUST.
80 proof, $42.99 for 750ml
*Troy told us the story about how she visited a well-know whiskey distillery and convinced them to give her their used bourbon barrels to age their Oak Reserve. She ended up saving their butts by connecting them with a barrel supplier when they needed new barrels during the barrel shortage (yes, there’s apparently a barrel shortage in the US). (Disclaimer: I think that’s the story. I heard it from the opposite side of the table after three tastings and four cocktails.)