XXX on Whiskey Jugs Means Something…

XXX on Whiskey Jugs Means Something…

Did you know that the XXX on old whiskey jugs actually means something? We’re all familiar with these jugs from cartoons and from American mythology. It was a common marking on illegal jugs of moonshine before the Mason jar was patented in 1858. (Since then, moonshine has more commonly been put into jars.) It showed the buyer that the hooch in the jar had been distilled three times. Any illegal, back woods “white lightning” was being distilled in simple pot stills. One run through the still and the moonshiner’s spirit was only about 30% alcohol. The “singlings”, as it was known (commonly called “low wines “), was then run through the same still twice more to raise the alcohol level and strip the distillate of much of its flavor. This is the stuff that curls the...