Ohio continues to start new distilleries, and all have taken different paths to what they want their product to be. Today I’m going to review another distillery in Ohio that is taking a road less traveled. Flatrock Distilling is producing a Pot Distilled Sweet Corn Ohio Whiskey using a sweet corn mash. I was assured I have never tasted anything like this before. That can be good, or it can be really bad. Let’s see how this turns out.
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NAME – Flatrock Distilling Corn Whiskey
PROOF – 100
AGE – non-age stated – but website says 1 year
COLOR – Brewed black tea (1.4, tawny on the Whiskey Magazine Color Chart)
NOSE – Sweet fermented corn, grape jelly and a tickle of charred oak
TASTE – Corn bread with honey with grape jelly and again just a whisper of charred oak.
FINISH – I would call this a short to medium finish. The grape note runs to the end and then it turns a bit sour.
REVIEW – The shocking part of this bourbon is the color for a 1 year aged whiskey and its softness. With its age and being done in a pot still, many other whiskeys that young and distilled this way is harsh and spiky. This isn’t. The rest of this is not a type whiskey to drink neat. This is a cocktail or put in Coke type whiskey. With 100 proof it has the proof to stand up to being a cocktail or in Coke but it doesn’t have the complexity or age to be something you drink neat.
FINAL COMMENTS – First I want to thank Flatrock Distillery for providing me this to review. There is no doubt that the goal of Flatrock Distillery is not to be the next Pappy 23 or try and win San Francisco. They are taking a similar path as Smoky Mountain Moonshine but with higher proof and also not afraid to put out flavored whiskey that is also young. My guess is they will be popular where people want to support local and wouldn’t drink whiskey neat anyway.
To find out more check it out here – Flatrock Distillery
You can look at all the past Sunday Evenings Reviews and I would still love to hear what your personal reviews are from each of the whiskies reviewed.