Moonshine got its name during the Prohibition era in the United States because it was normally distilled at night “by the light of the moon.” One of the alternate names for moonshine during Prohibition was Mountain Dew. Most moonshine is distilled in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia but while moonshine is deeply rooted in Southern culture and heritage, its origins, in fact, can be traced to Pennsylvania. “XXX” on a jug says there’s moonshine in it. It means the shine has been run through the still three times so it’s almost pure alcohol.
Today, moonshine is generally used as a catchall term for unaged white whiskeys, many of which are made in Tennessee and North Carolina.

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