The Real McCoy
Capt. Bill McCoy was a notorious 20th century rum-runner. During American prohibition he would sail his boat, laden with whisky and rum, from the Caribbean islands to New York City and legally act as a floating liquor store three miles off shore. McCoy was careful to always stay outside the three-mile limit, which was international waters in the early days of Prohibition in America.
McCoy made a name for himself because he never adulterated the alcohol. While copy-cat rum runners would dilute their alcohol with noxious chemicals like turpentine, wood alcohol and prune juice, McCoy never did. The sullied products were nicknamed “Booze,” “Hooch” and “Rot Gut,” while McCoy’s quality spirits became known as “The Real McCoy.”