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

Spirit of HVEN MerCurious Corn Whisky
92 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of corn blossom and pudding, buttery caramelized nuts and corn, perfume, leather, and apple vinaigrette with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish that shows impressions of caramelized polenta, peppery spice, and herbal tea. A playful, nuanced Corn Whisky that will be fun in cocktails.
Bo & Ivy Unaged Corn Whiskey
88 points
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of corn pops cereal, geranium and jasmine flowers, pink and black pepper, cucumber peel, and star anise with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of sweet corn and heavy whipping cream, geranium tea, ripe banana, pear, and cucumber. A simple, clean, and straightforward White Dog with bold corn flavors.