The famous Whiskey writer Jim Murray once claimed that true students of Whiskey should master the art form of straight Corn Whiskey, Bourbon's predecessor.
Bourbon has at least 51% Corn in the mash, Straight Corn Whiskey is at least 81% Corn adding a unique sweetness to its flavor profile. Another difference is that Bourbon must be aged in new oak, and Corn Whiskey can use either new or used casks.
Heaven Hill is the only major distillery still producing this oldest style of American Whiskey, across four regional brands: Georgia Moon, Mellow Corn, Dixie Dew, and J. W. Corn Whiskey. They are emphasizing Mellow Corn, but the others are still available in some markets.
JW Corn is essentially the same product as Dixie Dew. It has a popped-caramel-corn aroma, brighter color, and sweeter palate.
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