Moonshine’s XXX Labels Denote Precision, Not Poison

Moonshine holds a special place in Americans’ hearts. Tales of pot stills hidden deep in Appalachian forests, Mob-driven rum-runners racing through the night, and occasional blindness (and even death) ignite an odd combination of fauxstalgia, patriotism, and fear. Misconceptions around moonshine, a once-illicit liquor that’s still made legally and illegally today, proliferate on the internet. Part of the misconception around the liquid’s health risks revolves around the famous “XXX” label, and why it’s even there in the first place. Its explanation is simple enough — and has nothing to do with signifying it may be poison, as cartoons might have you believe — but whether anyone can prove its definition is up for debate. “The XXX symbol was historically used by ‘shiners to signify that their hooch had been run through the still three times, signaling to buyers that it was pure and strong alcohol,” Brendan McAlpine, owner of Dutch’s Spirits, writes VinePair in an email. “Lacking sophisticated distilling equipment, the result of a first distillation was lower in alcohol and not terribly good tasting. The second and third runs were used to purify the spirit, increasing its purity an...

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