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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Decatur GA

    Cheap, good vatting

    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.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    BobA reports on a vatting of

    Quote Originally Posted by BobA
    Mellow Corn corn whiskey and Beam rye.
    Bob, you've rediscovered a vatting that I reported on in this 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.

    "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Decatur GA
    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.




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