I've had some that tasted like wang-y Everclear, your basic (pshew!) White Lightning, but I've also had some that was more of a corn whiskey...a little lighter in color than Bourbon or Mash, more yellowy. That was fairly sippable once you had enough sips. Also, some not-so good Brandy.
All this was made by a friend's great uncle, who was in his 70s when I was a kid in the late 70s, so he probably had some experience back in the day. By that time, I think him and his fishing buddies just did it for something to do.