Originally posted by seafarer john
I was given a bottle of "Old Gristmill Straight American Corn Whiskey", made nearby at the Tuthilltwn distillery. It is unaged, pot distilled, 40% alcohol, clear as water, corn whiskey - about $40 at local package stores. The price is atrocious for unaged booze of any kind, but it is not a bad sippin whiskey, a bit raw, but at 80 roof mild enough to carry a pretty good flavor. I'm thankful for the gift but I dont think I'll be buying any for myself when there's so much really good stuff out there from Kenutcky and Tennessee for less than $40.
I believe its, "Old Gristmill American Corn Whiskey" not "Old Gristmill Straight American Corn Whiskey" - the straight, by law, would mean it was aged for at least two years.
I agree with you, though, that it's a tad expensive for what it is. However, it harkens back to the time of making moonshine, when the average joe home distiller, didn't have oak barrels, so they simply drank their "white lighting."
I paid ~$30 for a bottle at a store in the Hudson Valley. And, since, I have an old friend who makes some very smooth moonshine, I thought it wasn't worth 30 bucks. But, if you don't have moonshine readily available, it makes a great conversation piece - so, in that regard, it is worth the money.
BTW: I generally enjoy the products out of Tuthilltown: Hudson River Rum, Manhattan Rye, Bourbon, and even the vodka -which has a wonderful NY flavor, I found enjoyable.