I had an interesting (to me, anyway) experience today that also seems maybe interesting with regard to human psychology.
I bought a jar -- it comes in jars -- of Georgia Moon whiskey today. Aged less than 30 days. Colorless. The label looks like it was made from paper off a grocery bag.
I bought it for fun because I've never had moonshine.
However, I was absolutely surprised. While quite different in taste from any whiskey I'd ever had, in fact I wouldn't call it whiskey at all, it was smooth and frankly delicious.
I don't mean with reference to comparing as being in similar to whiskeys in general, which it is not: I mean in and of its own right.. It is its own drink and that is the way to evaluate it, I would say.
I wish I, in general, enjoyed cheap booze. It would be great to be able to like inexpensive alcohol. Unfortunately, that's rarely the case. It is not out of snobbery (I am convinced) but just out of being cursed in just flat not in general liking alcohol that is lower quality. For example, after being introduced to Remy Martin XO but finding the price high, I bought a bottle of Remy Martin VSOP figuring that it should still be good. I poured it down the sink. Just couldn't drink it. There are any number of things that I just won't drink, that most think are okay. Not snobbery, but just being unable to enjoy them. Actually, unable to tolerate them.
Of course, it could be the case that I'm intolerant of certain bad things (whether it's levels of this congener or that, or some other cause) but on other things I have, as they say, no taste. I certainly couldn't begin to prove that and wouldn't want to.
ANYWAY, the point of the post is:
On seeing what opinions on the Internet were of that, I saw that this product is in at least in some cases incredibly savaged.
Is the product, in y'all's opinion, really a bad one?
Or is it rather that insecure people find themselves afraid and quite unable to say anything positive about a product that presents itself so cheap-appearing and in fact inexpensive? Could it be that they MUST show how much they hate it, to show that they are not rubes?
Or is it that I -- and Alpha F also -- have taste buds incapable of picking up or incapable of caring about some particular problem with this, though having no problem (too little problem really) in picking up undesirable aspects of other drinks?
Fundamentally I don't see why a good mash, properly done, fundamentally could not taste very good with rather minimal processing.
Or could it be that many can't appreciate what is still quite natural, closer to the original food (corn) it came from? To them, to be "good" something must be completely transformed by technical processes?
I certainly grant that one or more further runs through a pot still ought to improve the Georgia Moon. I am not claiming it is at a state of perfection. But rather that it is far more drinkable than claimed in sites rated high by Google. (Said ratings, of course, being devoid of human judgment.)