View Full Version : Cheap, good vatting

05-02-2006, 12:45
I usually take middle shelf or cheap bottles on camping trips; too much chance of Coke in the glass to justify expensive stuff, but usually its decent stuff and a couple of fishing buddies are now Bulleitt fans. Last week, a couple of bottles I wanted to move along toward empty were Mellow Corn corn whiskey and Beam rye.

I always thought the Beam had nice spice upfront but an unpleasant harshness after, and Mellow Corn always seemed sweet and smooth enough, just lacking in much real character. I don't usually mix whiskey because I'm still trying to fix on the "straight" tastes, but decided to try the corn and rye together. Definitely seemed to be a sum greater than the parts; the oiliness that's just there a little in the Mellow Corn really came out, the rye brought some good taste into the mix, and the corn smoothed out the harshness I get from the Beam rye. I was aiming for a 50/50 mix, but my candle light pouring was imperfect; probably had a variety of mixes, but I'd guess what seemed best to me was more like 60/40 corn to rye.

I'd actually bought the the Mellow Corn for a campout in the fall largely as an homage to departed friend who would show up with moonshine. It has been interesting to sample corn whiskey, and it is cheap enough ($9) that I may get some again to try some other mixing; it does go well with apple cider too.

And yes, I saw someone pour my Old Charter 12 into Coke. But that's why I bring a $17 bourbon.


05-02-2006, 18:34
BobA reports on a vatting of

Mellow Corn corn whiskey and Beam rye.

Bob, you've rediscovered a vatting that I reported on in this (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showpost.php?p=56957&postcount=29) post a couple of months ago.

And it probably wasn't original with me. It seems a natural.

It is a really nice combination, isn't it?

I'll have to make up another soon.


05-03-2006, 08:34
I had probably read that post and had it in my subconscious when I put them together. Thanks.

Yes, it is a nice combination, but one I'll probably not do again after this last bit of JB rye is gone; I just can't seem to find any (other) particular use for the stuff. I may give the mixture a try with Old Overholt, which I'm far likelier to buy again.