American Whiskey review No. 109 – Winchester Straight Bourbon
Bought at Total Wine for $1. They won that round. Since /u/t8ke is suffering through these and others, I thought misery might enjoy company on this one, so here it goes.
Consumed neat in a Glencairn. Rested some unknown period of time.
Details Produced and Bottled by TerrePURE spirits in North Charleston, SC. Aged a minimum of 2 years in new oak. Sold exclusively at Total Wine. The TerrePURE process involves some process that supposedly takes spirits that would otherwise need years of age and renders them “ultra premium” in a matter of days.
Color: odd gold and pink.
Nose: Corn alcohol, wet cardboard, artificial apple flavor, cleaning solvent or maybe paint thinner. Overall it’s highly industrial and artificial. If you know what off gassing latex smells like, it’s got some of that.
Taste: Slightly better than the nose at first, with a little vanilla, corn and oak, then it takes on a melted plastic, chemical taste, and finishes with spray on “I can’t believe it’s not butter” flavor.
Finish: Short. Corn, some wood and plastic. Leaves an unpleasant residue on the tongue.
Conclusion: there were moments that this reminded me of Mellow Corn, but MC is just worlds better than this. And it’s $12 a bottle. There is no perceptible rye here, so while I don’t know the mashbill, given corn subsidies, I’d bet this is mostly corn. The process they apply wrecks whatever taste it might have had, lending a melted plastic aroma and taste. The spray on fake butter is a fair comparison as a product. I would rate this a 2. I’m glad I got the one that had two actual years in barrels.
Secondary conclusion: if you are broke, buy Mellow Corn.