About Corn Whiskey

About Corn Whiskey
Corn Whiskey is a commercial product that must contain at least 80% corn, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 proof) and if wood-aged, may be aged in either used or new uncharred barrels.

Corn whiskey was the first truly American whiskey, and the precursor to Bourbon. An unaged, clear spirit, it was the type of whiskey that Scotch-Irish farmers produced in their stills for family consumption or to trade for store goods. When state and federal excise taxes were permanently introduced during the Civil War, most of the production of Corn whiskey went underground to become moonshine, where it has remained ever since. A modest amount of commercial Corn whiskey is still produced and consumed in the South.

Top Picks for Corn Whiskey

Grand Royal Special Reserve Whisky
90 points
$9
Best Buy
Light golden amber color. Smoky aromas of charred corn silk, honey mesquite, caramel, and puffed cereal with a lean, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, captivating, medium-length perfectly charred corn elotes with all the fixins’, graham cracker, caramel corn, and barbecue brisket finish. A very appetizing, smoky whiskey for shooting and playful cocktails.
Awards: 2017 Best Corn Whiskey
90 points $9 Best Buy
Stein Distillery 7 Year Old Straight Cougar Corn Whiskey
88 points
$79.95
Brilliant gold color. Sweet, fruity aromas of sweet grenadine and creamy banana, fresh hay and tobacco, Brach’s caramels, and lemon bar and sweet tea with an oily, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-long fruit punch, linseed oil, peony, and granola in cream finish. A charming corn whiskey tipple for sipping, shooting, and craft cocktails.
88 points $79.95
Grand Royal Double Gold Whisky
88 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas of roasted corn, brown butter, and caramel with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length rose petal, peaches and pears, flint, and almond oil and yellow curry finish. An approachable and fruity whiskey.
88 points $18 Best Buy
Waterpocket Robbers Roost Light Whiskey
84 points
$30.99
Clear gold color. Candied aromas and flavors of coffee flavored hard candies, caramel coated creme candy, and sourdough with a satiny, soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk cherry hard candy, anisette biscotti, and black pepper polenta finish. A sweet and friendly corn whiskey for shooting and mixing.
84 points $30.99
Grand Royal Whisky
84 points
$4
Best Buy
Clear golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of corn bread, peach pie, powdered sugar, and lemon rind with a glycerous, bright, dryish light body and a warming, short pencil eraser, cucumber rind, and margarine finish. A mild whiskey for mixing.
84 points $4 Best Buy
Grand Royal Signature Whisky
84 points
$6
Best Buy
Clear gold color. Grainy, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked almonds, green malt, limoncello, and banana leaf with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length mole and tapenade finish. A smoky, savory whiskey for craft cocktails.
84 points $6 Best Buy
Eagle Whisky
81 points
$4
Bright gold color. Aromas of root beer, horse hair comb, bananas flambé and gingerbread, and grilled veggies with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, crisp green plantain, sweet potato pie, strawberry sauce, and island flowers finish. A banana split sundae of a whiskey that will appeal to rum drinkers.
Grand Royal ID Whisky
81 points
$6
Clear light gold color. Aromas of powdered sugar, swimming pool, underripe banana, and marzipan with an oily, crisp, dryish watery body and a warming, fleeting lemon slushie and jalapeño and pineapple salsa finish. A mineral-forward whiskey for mixing.
Grand Royal Smooth Whisky
80 points
$4
Clear gold color. Grainy aromas of green grain and chrysanthemum with a glycerous, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy wheat cracker with molasses, whole grain toast, orange marmalade, and underripe peach finish. A green and chewy whiskey for craft spirit lovers.