Hawaiian Moonshine Okolehao
Island Distillers // Hawaii, USA
Okolehao (oh-KOH-lay-how) is an ancient Hawaiian alcoholic spirit whose main ingredient was the root of the ti plant. Island Distillers Hawaiian Moonshine is an attempt to approximate this traditional spirit. It is distilled from ti root and sugar cane and is unaged.
Other SugarcaneFor any other sugarcane spirits such as Charanda or aguardiente. If not made from sugarcane, will list in the description if made with honey, maple syrup, sugar beets, etc.
"The nose is rather muted and has not much to offer other than some some ethyl alcohol. The palate tells a much different story. There's a perfumy, floral brightness that leads to notes of Thai basil, green pepper, and a distinct sweetness that coats the lips. The finish has a medicinal quality that would lend itself to some fascinating cocktails. Not quite rum, and moonshine doesn't seem like it needs to be on the label as one thinks of whiskey, which this absolutely is not. As there are limited examples of commercial Okolehao available, it is worth seeking out."