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Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond Corn Whiskey Review [2021]

Last updated Feb 7, 2021 | Published on Jan 30, 2021

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by Matty Sims

Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond is, well, a mellow drinker aged in used Heaven Hill whiskey barrels to 100 proof. It’s the oldest corn whiskey on the market and the best corn whiskey available. Is Mellow Corn bourbon? No corn whiskey isn’t the same as bourbon. Bourbon requires 51% corn in the mash bill. Corn whiskey requires more than 79% corn in the mash bill.

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Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond Corn Whiskey Review

Mellow corn bottled in bond corn whiskey

Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond
Mellow Corn Bottled in BondDetails
Off the Stillunknown
In the Barrelunknown
In the Bottle100 Proof
ABV50%
Mashbill90% Corn, 10% Rye, and Malted Barley
BarrelUsed Barrels
Distilled and AgedBardstown, KY
AgeMinimum 4YO
StyleBottled in Bond
Corn Whiskey
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$12
DistilleryHeaven Hill Distillery
1064 Loretto Rd.
Bardstown, KY 40004
ProsButtery Mouthfeel
Unique Flavor Profile
ConsAcrid at Times
RatingBronze 82 out of 100 Points
AvailabilityNationwide
InventoryDrinker

Nose – 81 out of 100 Points

On the nose, Mellow Corn is well corny. I pick up cornbread with off-season corn and a pinch of brown sugar. There are some slightly acrid notes — like the cornbread was left just 2 to 3 minutes too long in the cast iron and burned a bit.

Taste – 83 out of 100 Points

The tip of the tongue is black pepper and flakes of bitter cornbread. It’s buttery creamed corn made with frozen kernels. The mid and back palate is youthful corn and oak. It’s a straightforward flavor profile.

Finish – 81 out of 100 Points

It’s a medium finish with, you guessed it, more corn, bitter oak, and just hints of sugar sweetness.

Complexity – 75 out of 100 Points

It’s not complex by a long shot. Complexity is Mellow Corns Achilles’ heel. But I’m also OK with what I’m getting for the price. It’s simple and good-ish. It’s aged in used Heaven Hill barrels which creates the mellow feel. The mash bill is 80% corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye.

Value – 90 out of 100 Points

Is Mellow Corn good? I enjoy this more than most it seems. The value of Mellow Corn is great. It’s cheap at $12. It’s easy to drink with some rough edges no doubt. It’s the only extra-aged corn whiskey that’s also bottled in bond according to Heaven Hill. The color is apple cider. It’s got great legs. I don’t mind this neat, but it’s a solid mixer.

Verdict – Bronze 82 out of 100 Points

Mellow Corn
82 / 100 Reviewer
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Nose81
Taste83
Finish81
Complexity75
Value90

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.
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