Mellow Corn Bottled-in-Bond

Christmas Countdown 2020 #4: Mellow Corn Bottled-in-Bond

Distillery: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky.

Age: 4 Year.

ABV: 50.0%

Color: 1.3, Russet/Muscat.


Nose: Lots of hay and freshly cut grass. There’s a bit of damp moss with a hint of lemongrass here and there as well. But mostly, hay and fresh cut grass.

Palate: The main two notes are of a nice mix of salty, buttery popcorn and a sweet, caramel popcorn. They’re quite nice but they don’t last for quite very long.

Finish: Unfortunately long in length. It’s rather astringent and ethanoly. Not even water can cure that. Yikes.

Conclusion: This is the one, the only, the legendary…Mellow Corn! I had zero expectations for this, despite all of the memes, and I’m glad that I didn’t. It’s perhaps the definition of “solidly meh”. The nose is kinda interesting, with all of the fresh hay and grass smells. It tastes halfway decent for a few brief moments with the two popcorn flavors. But the most lasting note in here is that strong ethanol note at the end. Not so great. But, I will say it does make a decent whiskey and coke.

Final Score: 60.

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Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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