Bonded Corn: Colorado Straight Corn Whiskey
This August we are very pleased to release Bonded Corn, a Bottled-in-Bond straight corn whiskey. Bonded Corn was distilled, aged, and bottled at our facilities in Denver. It will be available only from our Tasting Room starting Friday, August 26.
What is Corn Whiskey?
Corn whiskey is a grandfather to bourbon. Like members of the same family, they share history and characteristics but differ in a few key ways. Most notably, corn whiskey has a much higher percentage of corn in its mash bill, more than 80% compared to the more than 50% requirement for bourbon. Also, corn whiskey must be aged in used charred oak barrels or uncharred new oak barrels. These factors combined give corn whiskey a typically lighter and more delicate flavor profile when compared to bourbon and other American whiskeys.
About Bonded Corn
Our goal with this whiskey was to make something with real character, shaking up typical associations with corn whiskey. To create deeper flavor, we sent corn grown by Whiskey Sisters Supply in Burlington, CO directly to Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, CO where they roasted it for us.
The roasting process employed for the roasted corn portion of the mash bill is the same technique used to make specialty barley malts. This was the first time anyone had asked Colorado Malting Company to roast corn and though the process was unknown, the results were promising.
With this roasted corn, we then made two different recipes of corn whiskey, one with malted wheat and one with malted rye. Both included some malted barley to help with starch conversion. After fermentation and distillation, the whiskey was aged in used wheat, rye, and bourbon barrels.
After more than 4 years of aging, our team tasted through our corn whiskey lot selecting barrels based solely on which would provide the most interesting and enjoyable marriage.
Finally, as the name implies Bonded Corn is made to the strict standards of the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 meaning it is the product of a single distilling season, is exactly 100 proof, is at least four years old, and was aged in a bonded warehouse.
About the Packaging
Instead of the typical square 750ml Laws bottle, Bonded Corn is being released in a 1 liter round bottle. We believe this shape suits the more laid-back character of corn whiskey while the label is an ode to the delicious corn grown in Colorado.
Tastes and Aromas
The roasted corn is really a huge contributor to the experience of this whiskey, adding a delightful depth of flavor.
- Aromas: Brown butter and silky corn
- Flavors: Brown sugar, popcorn, and light smoke
- Finish: Light body with lingering vanilla
How to Enjoy
We recommend sipping Bonded Corn neat or on the rocks around an end-of-summer campfire. It’s also fantastic in a light and refreshing cocktail like a Whiskey Highball. Here’s a recipe suggestion:
- 2 ounces Bonded Corn Straight Corn Whiskey
- 4 ounces soda water (substitute with ginger beer if you want more sweetness)
- Lemon garnish
- Fill glass with ice
- Pour in Bonded Corn and soda water then stir
- Top with a squeeze of lemon and enjoy
Bonded Corn Release Details
- Class & Type: Straight Corn Whiskey
- Bottled in Bond: Yes
- Size: 1 Liter
- Proof: 100
- Mash bill: 81% corn with malted rye, malted wheat, and malted barley
- Total maturation time: 4 years
- Batch size: 10 barrels
- Price: $49.99
- Availability: Sold from the Laws Whiskey House Tasting Room starting Friday, August 26
At Laws Whiskey House, we believe that the soul of whiskey is comprised of the people who grow the grain, the people who make it, and the people who drink it. Good whiskey, like a good story, is meant to be shared. We hope you enjoy this special whiskey as much as we do and thanks for coming along our journey.
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