WALNUT SHADE, Mo. — When you think of moonshine, you probably picture a still hidden away in the woods, or maybe a bottle with an 'X' on it. To most, moonshine means illegally-distilled liquor.
In Walnut Shade, it's just un-aged whiskey.
It's made legally.
The rich history of the Ozarks includes many family secrets. Among those, passed down for generations, is moonshine.
"We had family that were moonshiners," says Jim Blansit, Sr. He's the father of Jim Blansit, the creator of Copper Run Distillery. "You come to the Ozarks and you think of the moonshine stills way back when."
During prohibition, stills fired up all over the country. They were especially big in the Ozarks, where the land offered everything a bootlegger needed.
"We have Ozark water. We have Ozark trees that become Ozark barrels. We use Ozark corn and wheat. So, it's very, very much a Missouri product," says Blansit.