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Mellow Corn

(70cl, 50%)

Mellow Corn

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Mellow Corn Bottling Note

Jim Murray describes this as oily with a sweet and spicy flavour. Mellow Corn is distilled at the Heaven Hill distillery.

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Mellow Corn Reviews

A touch sweet

A bit sweet but definitely grows on you. After thinking "not for me" the bottle didn't last a week!

7th April 2020

A near extinct steal.

Considering the price point, there is nothing to think about. Just buy it. The nose is corn and vanilla, the palate: buttery popcorn. A bit of water reveal the cask influence, some fruits are there in the background. It's not complex, but it is very tasty. I have yet to come across something this good at this low price.
For aficionados, this represents an old forgotten breed of it is, in all it's simple glory.

3rd October 2019

Thoroughly enjoyable reference material for the palate

Essentiall and informative to the whisky enthusiast’s palate,well rendered version of corn spirit

2nd July 2019

Surprisingly good change of pace

It must have been my depression era parents but I’m always fascinated by something good at a low price (e.g., $2 cigars). This is interesting juice. Sometimes I just want something a bit different than bourbon wood or Islay peat/smoke. Very nice and if you ever wondered what the corn in bourbon adds to the flavor, you will recognize the corn flavor instantly. Not quite as good IMO as Balcones but 4 times cheaper. One reviewer said this spirit was young and tasted like it. As a bottled in bond it’s at least fours years old. All in all, an interesting dram that is dirt cheap and pretty darned good. And of course the 1940’s label - gotta love that yellow thing. Hope they never change that.

1st April 2019

Worth a try at this price

Bought this to try something different and must admit I'm enjoying it. Maybe not as sophisticated as some of the Scottish malts but IMHO it's up there with some of the pricier brands. It's a bit harsher than what I'm used to but, it's also very tasty and stronger than normal so gives a bit of a kick. For this price worth a try, maybe one of those Marmite type whiskies, you either love it or loathe it, personally I'm in the former camp.

4th January 2019


I love this “I’m not buying it because the bottle looks cheep” corn whiskey. In fact it’s one of my favourite drinks

17th November 2018

Nice smooth whiskey for $12

This is a wonderful, simple whiskey. For $12 it’s the best bottom shelf BIB i have had. It’s a very good, cheap alternative to bourbon.

8th November 2018

A delicious,well flavoured whiskey.

I am halfway through my first bottle and it tastes smoother each time I try it.
Lots of flavour,a satisfying drink.
Will I buy it again.You bet......

6th November 2017

A Great Corn-Mellow on its Own

I have tried a few bottles and it is an interesting switch over from Wild Turkey (100). Strong but really smooth and a must drink on it s own. Don't mix it, you will lose the peppery/sweet after taste. Yes, I will keep buying this baby.

7th March 2017

Mellow Corn keeps my soul warm and my mouth satisfied

I highly recommend this fine beverage. I drink it straight out of the the bottle!

29th April 2016

silky sweet butter scotch with a aftertaste reminder its moonshine

There,s no corn whiskey quite like this its got silky sweet butter vanilla taste and smell with woody notes but the wood is bitter and there's a acetone after taste that spoils it a bit, but still it works great with soda, coke, ginger beer and Canada dry definitely the most flavoursome corn whiskey I have tasted .
also I mixed some with Manhattan rye (50/50) and made the perfect bourbon ! great stuff but then Manhattan rye is way overpriced I only mixed them because the rye was boring on its own I'll try a different rye next time

19th March 2016

Nicely different..

Strong and alcoholic, as you would expect at 100% proof, but nicely different. The only other corn whiskey I've tried is Balcones Baby Blue, which was the whisky equivalent of a Saturday night drive in at the movies...this is less subtle, stronger, but still full of flavour. Nicely different.

22nd January 2015

One to try..

Where to start? Lets start with the packaging. I love the bottle, save for the awful plastic screw cap, what were they thinking? And so it goes on that one minute I love it, the next I find it a confusing proposition to say the least as it changes from dram to dram. The nose can be cheap perfume, petrol or sweet buttered popcorn with a hint of smoke. The palate can be overwhelmingly peppery or a subtle balance of sweetness, with great viscosity and a spicy finish. As shocked as I am finding myself saying it, one I might consider trying "on the rocks", which I shall do this evening.

16th January 2015

One to try

Worth trying as an example of straight corn whisky. Its very uncomplicated, slightly sweet and very spicy. It's not a complex dram to linger over but for what it is deserves a visitation. Love the bottle, save for the bloody awful plastic screw cap!

15th January 2015

Grant Melville, Falkirk

I added a bottle of this to my selection in order to keep on exploring as many types of whisk(e)y as possible, never having tasted corn whiskey. I like it, all things considered. It hasn't got much in the way of a nose, and a great big oily flavour - I'd concur with Jim Murray on this one. It's not a delicate spirit, but it does appeal in terms of intensity of spicy sweetness. I've tried it neat, with water, and in an Old Fashioned - although I wouldn't recommend this last, it tends to be a bit sweet and homogenous to be the main player in that particular cocktail:- a lively rye is my personal preference.

20th December 2014


This sells for 10 bucks in a local store. Would NEVER pay this price and have to wait for it..and it's not worth 40 dollars!

17th August 2014

Capn Jimbo's Rum Project

For better or worse, American whiskey is dominated by bourbon from Ky or Tenn. Although corn based, its really about half corn with the real flavor coming from wheat, rye and malted barley - a mish mosh of flavors, not to mention the strong effects of NEW CHARRED oak, accelerated over 2 years, which then are later mellowed by further aging.

But straight corn whiskey is not bourbon, and especially not this one. Mellow Corn is 90% corn and is really quite a different genre. Just like armagnac is not cognac, and rye is not bourbon, is not single malt - a straight corn whiskey is yet another genre that stands on its own.

While bourbon depends on factors other than corn and highlights those elements, a straight corn whiskey is meant to emphasize corn, not rye. Furthermore this one is truly special in that it is bottled in bond. Thus it is aged at close to 62% and bottled at 100 proof and get this - in good USED oak - all by law. This is a rather slow and careful process and those two extra years in used oak insures that the corn, not the wood, will be emphasized.

Thus this one is remarkable. The opening nose is a sweet corn over a light spicy background, bit of vanillan, but the palate opens oily smooth and warm with the spices and heat emerging and carrying to a wonderful finish that appears to be black pepper, cinnamon and clove, but which is really white pepper in corn disguise. Brilliant, really and deceptively simple.

A caveat: I would remind our hairy chested friends that this is a 100 proof spirit. This means it demands a good airing, and a teaspoon or two of distilled water, like any high proof single malt. Remember too, that no spirit will be truly understood until you get down to the shoulders of the bottle.

At our website - Capn Jimbo's Rum Project - we expected little from a spirit that was sold next to moonshine, and accordingly was bought and reviewed as a giggle. We had no idea how good Mellow Corn would be. The sad truth: true corn whiskey once dominated distilling, but that ended long ago with the growth and current dominance of Amercian Bourbon. If straigh corn whiskies were back in commercial favor, this one would easily sell for $35.

At $10 to $12 we not only rated it an "8", or 4 stars, it was a no-brainer, Best Buy. Boys and girls, its time to open up your bourbon soaked minds enough to learn and to appreciate the genre of straight corn whiskey, of which this a terrific example.

20th July 2014

Sippin Good

Good price , Good whiskey , I like.

4th August 2013

Less impressed

This whiskey is young, very young, and you can notice that. It's got a sweet nose, but is tastes not as sweet as a standard Jim Beam and it's not as smooth either. It has got a long burn and sports a surprising lack of complexity. At the same time it also lacks any pleasant surprise in taste. A whiskey you could buy to experience what a straight corn whiskey tastes like, but I'm sorry, this one is nothing to write home about. I'm curious how it would taste if it was matured 10 years or more, I bet it would be much better.

11th November 2012

Interesting in a good way

A light slightly buttery smokey flavour that makes for easy drinking. I'd definitively think about serving this at US-themed BBQs or as alternative to a lowland whisky .

26th February 2012

Favorite Corn Whiskey

Of the 3 (corn whiskeys) I've had so far this one is my favorite. It's buttery and sweet, like corn on the cobb. I purchase this regularly for friends and family.

22nd December 2011

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