The wife's out with friends for the afternoon. I could clean up the kitchen or do some yard work in prep for spring, or I could catch up on my studies, or I could have a head to head corn whiskey tasing. Hmmm...
Platte Valley Corn Whiskey
by McCormick Co., Weston, MO (manufactured by HH)
80 proof, 3 y/o
In a cheesy ceramic jug with a cartoon hillbilly logo, cork stopper and sealed with blue wax.
Appearance/body: light, unoaked chardonnay color, medium-light bodied thin legs
Nose: roasted sweet corn, very light
Taste: sweet corn, hint of cinnamon
Finish: soft, light, warm, sweet.
Conclusion: Light after work or summertime pour. Lacking in complexity, but pleasant and a nice change of pace from a complex bourbon or rye.
Virginia Lightning Corn Whiskey
by Belmont Farms, Culpepper VA (as seen on TV)
100 proof, less than 30 days
In clear bottle with white label with still and lightning bolt. www.virginiamoonshine.com
Appearance/body: clear, medium-light bodied thin legs
Nose: aggressive. Had to put glass in another room to taste PV above without being overwhelmed. Similar to tequila or grappa, but softer but with sweet, corn notes
Taste: smooth, sweet, soft, grappa-like, Like a good Appalachian woman, strong on the surface but delicate underneath.
Finish: short burn followed by faint lingering buttery sweetness.
Conclusion: Wow. Not sure if I could have more than a glass of this at a time, but for such a young, high-proof spirit, it is remarkably complex and smooth. Something to have in your cabinet for when the mood strikes you.
I think I made the right choice.