Well this was a first for me. I had the opportunity to try the first 100% Mexican Corn Whisky and a Mexican Corn Liqueur, along with a kit to make my own corn tortillas. Why? Because the corn used to make the whisky is normally used for corn tortillas! The samples of both Abasolo Ancestral Corn Whisky and Nixta Licor de Elote would come with a cast iron tortilla press, Masa Harina corn flour and Mexican seas salt. Ed would make the tortillas later for dinner, and I would return the favor by sharing the whisky before that!
The Invitation and Details
I wanted to invite you to a special tasting with Abasolo Ancestral Corn Whisky – the first 100% Mexican corn whisky…we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to authentic Mexican culture and traditions, namely nixtamalization…
Launched a year ago, Abasolo is made with non-GMO Cacahuazintle corn and the 4,000-year-old Mesoamerican cooking technique nixtamalization to unlock the full flavors of the grain. Traditionally used in Mexican staples like tortillas, Abasolo is the first spirit to use nixtamalization in its production process.
To give a first-hand look, and taste, we’d love to send you a kit with samples of Abasolo and ingredients to make your own corn tortillas, including cast iron tortilla press, Masa Harina corn flour, Mexican sea salt, and of course, Abasolo Ancestral Corn Whisky.
Sweet roasted corn, butter toffee, brown butter, kettle corn, roasted Brazil nut, cream, vanilla bean all on the nose, for the taste I got a rich warm mouthfeel of those same corn notes, lots of vanilla and nuts with salted butter on the finish. If it wasn’t for the corn notes in the aromas and flavors, I would’ve assumed that the spirit was a single malt scotch whisky. Very interesting. I will keep what I have left of the sample to share in a blind tasting and see what another person may think.
Familiar with lots of flavored liqueur from anise, to ginger to raspberry and more, but never one with corn. This time the nose delivered a lot of buttered popcorn, fresh churned butter, dried earth, vanilla ice cream and flan.
Again, pretty interesting. When I tasted it, I could see having it with (or poured over) vanilla ice cream or flan, with yummy flavors that reminded me of sweet creamed corn, grilled Elote street corn, butter toffee peanuts and white chocolate or Macadamia nut cookies.
About Abasolo Whisky
Abasolo El Whisky de Mexico is crafted and distilled from the finest, non-GMO, Cacahuazintle corn which has been cultivated over generations by local farmers for its distinct, extraordinary flavor. Tasting notes include rich and smooth with deep, intriguing notes of roasted grain, vanilla, and honey that are unlike any other. Learn more about the Ancestral Corn Whisky Brand, by visiting abasolowhisky.com or follow us on Instagram @abasolowhisky
About Nixta Licor De Elote
To create Nixta, the best tender corn of the season is macerated in an exquisite corn distillate and sweetened with clarified sweet wort—both produced from ancestral cacahuazintle grown near our distillery at a height of more than 7,000 feet above sea level. Pure cacahuazintle corn is used in two different stages of development: Cacahuazintle sweet corn is macerated and prepared to extract all its delicate flavor. And ripe, cacahuazintle kernels are nixtamalized to produce a sweet wort and alcohol. Together, these ingredients make Nixta Licor de Elote into a flavorful, versatile liqueur that is true to its origin. Visit https://www.nixtalicor.com or find on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nixtalicor/
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.