I had my first taste of moonshine today. Belmont Distillery
, a legal whiskey and moonshine producing distillery, is just up the road a piece from us, and today we finally got around to checking the place out. The owner is a hoot, quite a character, and he gives you the nickel tour (for free). They also just recently (or relatively recently) got licensed to sell their wares in their gift shop. Geo bought a bottle of the 100 proof (50% alcohol) moonshine, called Virginia Lightening. They also make Virginia whiskey, called Kopper Kettle.
He opened the bottle this afternoon, and I had a sip of his shot before he downed said shot. There's a reason it's used for "medicinal" purposes. It will knock. you. out. It warms the tummy, too. I imagine it would do well for treating wounds in a pinch. Probably good as an accelerant if need be. In short, it's potent, potent stuff.