There are seldom times when I am so pleasantly surprised by a whiskey as I was by the one I’m reviewing tonight. No matter how many times I read that people (even people I trusted) were recommending Mellow Corn, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it. In fact, this would probably have never been reviewed if I hadn’t received a big sample from a friend of mine.
I thought he was giving it to me because he was trying to get rid of it and I accepted it because…free whiskey. Over and over I’d have a thought about things I could do with it. But each time I was almost ready to crack the sample the little thought of “you know you’re going to have to put that in your mouth, right?” would start up and I’d put it back on the shelf.
Finally, I’d had enough of that little voice. I decided to just plow ahead and review it. I figured in the worst case, I always need something to warn people away from. And who knows, in the best case, I might actually like it as much as others seem to.
I’ve had a lot of corn whiskey. Most of it had no age on it. Most of them I hated. And even those I liked, I don’t find myself going back to that often. So the fact that this was aged for four years and was Bottled in Bond was a factor in it’s favor. According to Chuck Cowdery it was four years in used barrels, but still four years is nothing to sneeze at.
When I sat down to review this, the first thing I did was nose it. And…the nose was really nice! Hmmm…
Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond
Purchase Info: MGM Wine & Spirits, Burnsville, MN. $12.99 for a 1L bottle
Details: 50% ABV. Distilled at DSP-KY-354. Bottled at DSP-KY-31.
Nose: Sweet and fruity with notes of caramel, vanilla and green apple.
Mouth: Hot and sweet. Vanilla, mint, and almond notes are readily apparent.
Finish: Warm and sweet with decent length.
Thoughts: This is not a complicated whiskey. But if you are looking for something warm and sweet to sip on while playing cards or chatting with friends, this is one to check out. I was very pleasantly surprised with this one.
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