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Review: Don Quixote Blue Corn Bourbon Whiskey

I am Don Quixote, a booze of La Mancha!

Chip Tate at Texas’s Balcones Distilling isn’t the only guy on the cob that’s using exotic blue corn to make Bourbon. Said to be especially difficult to work with due to its high oil content, blue corn makes for unique and memorable whiskey.

Made in New Mexico, Don Quixote is made from 75% local organic blue corn, 23% wheat, and 2% barley. The grains are naturally malted and uncooked before mashing. Made in a unique, moonshine-era “thumper” still, Don Quixote goes into new American oak barrels for four years before bottling.

The pure gold-colored whiskey is heavy on alcohol notes — surprising for a spirit at a typical 80 proof —  along with a hint of corn tortillas here and there. The palate has more of a story to tell. Rich on the tongue, it’s loaded with plenty of flavor. Spicy and chewy, you get an exotic incense character here, lots of citrus, and just a touch of popcorn on the end. Despite the big mouthfeel, it’s surprisingly restrained in the tannin department. Mild vanilla notes creep up in the finish, but the wood influence is otherwise relatively muted, leaving the mashbill to tell most of the tale. Overall this whiskey tastes fresh and easy, though it’s a little boozier than I’d like. Definitely worth a look.

A- / $45 / dqdistillery.com [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

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Don Quixote Blue Corn Bourbon Whiskey



Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Anonymous May 6, 2013

    To be a “Bourbon” it has to be made in Kentucky, therefore this is just a whiskey.

    1. Christopher Null May 6, 2013

      Not true, Anonymous. “Kentucky Bourbon” has to be made in Kentucky. “Bourbon” can be made anywhere in the U.S. as long as it adheres to the proper protocols. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourbon_whiskey

    2. Christopher Null May 6, 2013

      More if you really want to get into the weeds: http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/27/5.22


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