Abasolo Ancestral Corn Whisky
Corn — Mexico, Mexico
Reviewed August 17, 2021 (edited October 10, 2021)
Nose: Sweet corn - combo of artificial sweetener and sugar. Buttery and lactic. Very subtle baking spice and oak. Also some herbal and vegetal character. A little stewed strawberry with black pepper and balsamic. Unique but pleasant. Palate: Kettle corn. Bubblegum. Mint. A little dusty leather and cigar wrapper. White pepper. Clarified butter. Solid balance overall, if more subtle than I'd normally go for. Hits the front of the palate mostly. Light mouthfeel, though with some oil content. Finish: Rush of buttered popcorn without salt. A little oak floats by, though not much. Pepper, under-ripe stone fruits, just a flash of clove. Medium length. Other notes: THis is a unique pour, well suited to the summer. It's not overly sweet or intense, and it provides an excellent option against more traditional corn-based whiskeys. I picked this up purely on a whim and wasn't too sure the first time I tasted it. Now that I've sat with it a few times while the heat rises outside, I think I get it. A solid thumbs up for those who are looking for a different side of the corn whiskey world. Might not find a permanent place in my bar, but I might have to pick up another bottle at some point down the road after I kick this one. Cheers.
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