Due to the abundance of Corn in the US, American whisky was traditionally made with a high corn content. By definition, corn whiskey must be made of at least 81% corn. In addition, corn whisky does not require aging but if matured, the barrels must be either virgin oak or used – they cannot be new and charred or toasted as with bourbon production. This is the style of whiskey most usually associated with moonshine. Mellow Corn is made by the Heaven Hill. It is actually four years old, which has taken off some of the rough edges associated with corn whisky and added a touch of spice. It is a simple, sweet whisky that is very reasonably priced and interesting if only to help you clarify the corn flavours in high corn content whiskies (such as wild turkey, which is 75% corn). The softest of starts, this is the whiskey equivalent of a big, soft, shapeless cushion. Creamier and flabbier than bourbon, nonetheless it has a bourbon-lite soft vanilla, candy and caramel cocktail at its core. Without the lengthy and intense influence of new and charred oak, there is little in the way of tannin and spice to give the whiskey shape, and it tails away sweetly and pleasantly.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: acetone, violets, Demerara sugar.
Palate: gentle at first, quite nutty, slightly perfumed.
Finish: woody spice and assertive at end.
Retails for around £25