For those of you who are wondering what Kick Back Cove Moonshine is, let’s give a little explanation about Moonshine.

Moonshine (or in our case Kick Back Cove Moonshine), white liquor, white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, homebrew, white whiskey and corn liquor are terms used to describe high-proof distilled spirits that are usually produced illicitly. Moonshine is typically made with corn mash, as its main ingredient. Liquor-control laws in the United States that prohibit moonshining, once consisting of a total ban under the 18th Amendment of the Constitution, now focus on evasion of revenue taxation on spiritous or intoxicating liquors. They are enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the US Department of Justice; such enforcers of these laws are known by the often derisive nickname of “revenooers.”

Red Bordner Distillery was established in October 2014. Located in Boiling Springs SC just east of what he calls “home”, Red Bordner Distillery is making liquor the only way he knows how except now it’s legal to buy and share!!! Mixing every mash in-house himself and using only 100% raw products he is able to assure every bottle we make is the highest quality Spirits of its kind. At just over a year old, Red Bordner Distillery is sold statewide in over 40 stores. Our KICK BACK COVE MOOSHINE is a unique line of whiskeys including both CLEAR AND Flavored Moonshines. Most recently earning national recognition at the 2017 ACSA Tasting Competition, KBC Flavored Moonshines won 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals.

Blue Agave is the first of our Premium liquors in stores and we couldn’t be happier with the feedback both in sales and customer reviews. In fact, our BLUE AGAVE is repeatedly and consistently chosen over Patron Silver during blind tastings (9.5 out of 10 times). We are excited about adding to our Premium Liquor line with SC BLUE AGAVE GOLD, SC AGED RUM, and our own SC SCOTTISH and IRISH STYLED WHISKEY. As soon as each passes Red’s taste test, we will unload the barrels, bottling each batch in house at our Boiling Spring, SC DISTILLERY.

Here is some more history about Moonshine or in our case Kick Back Cove Moonshine.

The word “moonshine” is believed to be derived from the term “moonrakers” used for early English smugglers and the clandestine nature of the operations of the illegal Appalachian distillers who produced and distributed whiskey. The distillation was done at night to avoid discovery.

Moonshine was especially important to the Appalachian area. This white whiskey most likely entered the Appalachian region in the late 18th century to early 1800s. Scots-Irish immigrants from the province of Ulster in the north of Ireland brought their recipe for their uisce beatha, Gaelic for “water of life”. The settlers made their whiskey without aging it, and this is the same recipe that became traditional in the Appalachian area.

In the early 20th century, moonshine became a key source of income for many Appalachian residents like Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, since the limited road network made it difficult and expensive to transport corn crops. As a study of farmers in Cocke County, Tennessee, observes: “One could transport much more value in corn if it was first converted to whiskey. One horse could haul ten times more value on its back in whiskey than in corn.” Moonshiners in Harlan County, Kentucky, like Maggie Bailey, made the whiskey to sell in order to provide for their families.[8] Others, like Amos Owens, from Rutherford County, North Carolina and “Popcorn” Sutton from Maggie Valley, North Carolina sold moonshine to nearby areas.

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton’s life was covered in a documentary on the Discovery Channel called “Moonshiners”. The legendary bootlegger once said that the malt ( a combination of corn, barley, rye) is what makes the basic moonshine recipe work.

In modern usage, the term “moonshine” ordinarily implies that the liquor is produced illegally; however, the term has also been used on the labels of some legal products as a way of marketing them as providing a similar drinking experience as found with illegal liquor.