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Sierra Norte Corn Whiskey: Review

April 28, 2018

Normally when you think of corn whiskey you wouldn’t think of Oaxaca Mexico.  Sierra Norte Corn Whiskey will get you thinking otherwise.  Being born and bred in Iowa, I would like to think that corn only comes from the mid-west and corn whiskey also from there.  I am a fan of corn whiskey due to the subtly sweet and buttery taste I get from yellow corn. 

Sierra Norte Corn Whiskey is made from corn of the Oaxaca region of Mexico. Oaxaca is the region that is said to be the origin of corn.  The corn in the area is more natural and more earthy, whereas in the mid-west the corn, as a rule, is a little sweeter.  Much of the corn comes in different colors, rusty red, yellow, or deep purple.  Sierra Norte has captured the history of the corn in a bottle and distilled it.

We met the mind behind Sierra Norte Corn Whiskey at the Nightclub and Bar Show this year in Las Vegas.  He was passing around samples of his whiskey.  He the yellow corn whiskey, white corn whiskey and a deep purple corn whiskey.  On their table on the show floor, their whiskey sat next to their Mezcal, I was more intrigued by the whiskey.  Sierra Norte was allowing each attendee to sample each of their three whiskeys.  We were first given the yellow corn whiskey, the flavor was fruity yet spicy, it reminded me of a spicy grilled pepper with a light barrel taste.

Next up for our sampling pleasure was the white corn whiskey, less fruity but yet sweeter than the yellow whiskey and more of a barrel taste.  Not much of a burn on the back end like the yellow corn either.  Lastly and the one I was most anxious to try was the deep purple corn whiskey.  Immediately upon sipping, I got a tart cherry with a coffee taste.  The flavor of the deep purple whiskey was not what I was expecting.  It was a completely different yet pleasant taste than the other two.

Overall, the whiskeys were pleasing to taste buds, but I not sure I can commit to which one I like the best.  Each bottle has their own flavor and character and each has its own unique nuance.   I support what Master Distiller Douglas French is doing in keeping the history alive.