This question keeps rolling in, as the bars keeps rolling out drinks with a “white dog” base.
Listen, it’s moonshine.
It’s baby whiskey fresh from the still, unaged. The barrels used for aging give bourbon its signature notes and flavors and, ultimately, its rich, distinctive hue. Bereft of that, you’ve got yourself a clear liquid flavored solely by the corn.
So no, this whiskey is not bootlegged from Uncle Bill somewhere in the yonder of the Adirondacks. It’s more than likely from your craft microdistillery — they’ve got something to put out on the shelves to stay afloat while the rest of the batch idles in barrels in the back.
Locally-minded bartenders plucked them on up, and began experimenting. Consumers took note, clamored for more. The trend is certainly reaching a swell, as major distilleries are now churning them out. Thus, moonshine is seeing a resurrection on bar menus nationwide.