There are two theories about the origin of the word "moonshine". The first theory goes back to the time of Prohibition (1919 to 1933) in the United States of America. During this time, many farmers and private individuals distilled their schnapps in home-made stills. To avoid arousing suspicion, the illegal distillers distilled at night by moonlight. Distillation was usually carried out under a full moon so that the had enough light to carry out the delicate process.
The second theory was that the illegally distilled schnapps had to be brought into the towns and pubs by smugglers. These smugglers got a lot of attention in the eighteenth century and were called "moonrakers". At that time, however, moonshine mostly consisted of apple brandy, whiskey and other fruit distillates.
In the early days of Scotch distilleries and the taxes were far too high and complicated. In 1823, the was finally passed and the tax was set at £10 per gallon. The new law was so popular that over the next decade almost all distilleries were registered and legalised. For this reason, the year 1824 is most often cited as the founding date of an old ., all was banned in the Highlands because the tax could not reach the
What does the legislation look like today? Can you simply distil your own whisky in your cellar? Certainly not. But what is the legislation? We have drawn up a list in which you can find all the legislation for the various countries.
If you are from a country that is not listed here, please send us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Country||By law||Link to|
|USA||only with licence||TTB.gov|
|UK||only with licence||HMRC.gov.uk|
|Canada||with licence only||justice.gc.ca|
|Australia||with licence only||ato.gov.au|
|Germany||yes, up to a distillation volume of 0.5 litres. Over 0.5 L only with licence||zoll.de|
|New Zealand||yes, for private use only||customs.govt.nz|
|Ireland||only with licence||irishstatutebook.ie|
|Denmark||only with licence||retsinformation.dk|