Full Review

Grand Royal

Grand Royal
Special Reserve Whisky

Category: Corn Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: Myanmar
Alcohol: 43%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9
Best Buy
2017 Best Corn Whiskey

Grand Royal
Special Reserve Whisky

Category: Corn Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: Myanmar
Alcohol: 43%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Herbal, Smoky & Rich
Aroma Aroma: charred corn silk, honey mesquite, caramel, and puffed cereal
Taste Flavor: perfectly charred corn elotes with all the fixins', graham cracker, caramel corn, and barbecue brisket
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails and neat
Cocktail Cocktails: B&B, Caipiroska, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very appetizing, smoky whiskey for shooting and playful cocktails.

The Producer

Grand Royal Group

The Producer
No. 33, 6.5 Mile Pyay Road
Hlaing Township, Yangon
Myanmar
95 -420072630

Their Portfolio

81 Eagle Whisky 37.5% (Myanmar) $4.00.
88 Grand Royal Double Gold Whisky 43% (Myanmar) $18.00.
90 Grand Royal Special Reserve Whisky 43% (Myanmar) $9.00.
84 Grand Royal Signature Whisky 40% (Myanmar) $6.00.
84 Grand Royal Whisky 43% (Myanmar) $4.00.
81 Grand Royal ID Whisky 37.2% (Myanmar) $6.00.
83 Grand Royal Smooth Whisky 40% (Myanmar) $4.00.
87 Royal Special London Dry Gin 40% (Myanmar) $4.00.

Corn Whiskey

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Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
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.