corn whiskey is popping

Mexico Is Getting in on the Whiskey Game and You Should Be Excited


May 8, 2020 Drinks By
Purchasing products through our links may earn us a portion of the sale, which supports our editorial team’s mission. Learn more here.

The Scottish Highlands, Japan and America continue to lead the pack in the whiskey market. But a new Mexican distillery is getting into whiskey production, and its inaugural spirit is proving to be a worthy contender.

Abasolo, the first whisky made from 100 percent Mexican corn, uses an ancestral varietal called Cacahuazintle, which has been around for hundreds of years. The corn undergoes nixtamalization, a process in which the kernels are soaked and cooked in an alkaline solution, then washed and hulled. The process dates back over 4,000 years and is commonly used before the grain is turned into masa for tortillas. Nixtamalization produces a bolder flavor and aroma that makes the corn substantial enough to leave out other grains, and it’s the first time the process has been used to make a spirit. The whisky is distilled in copper pots, aged in used oak casks and bottled at 88 proof. The result is a strong, toasted corn flavor complemented by vanilla, leather and caramel notes.

Despite launching during a pandemic, Abasolo is committed to giving back to the hospitality industry. Through August 1, the company is donating 100 percent of its profits to Another Round, Another Rally, a US nonprofit that is providing financial relief to hospitality workers affected by the spread of COVID-19, and a yet-to-be-chosen partner in Mexico. Abasolo Whisky is on shelves now for $40 in 750mL bottles.

|

Today in Gear

The best way to catch up on the day’s most important product releases and stories. Read the Story
Note: Purchasing products through our links may earn us a portion of the sale, which supports our editorial team’s mission. Learn more here.

Tyler Chin

Tyler Chin is Gear Patrol’s home writer. He's from Queens, where tempers are short and commutes are long. But nothing can get in the way of his love of coffee, beer and random home goods.

More by Tyler Chin | Follow on Instagram · Contact via Email
Sign Up for Gear Patrol Newsletters
Useful product reviews, work-from-home tips
and expert advice in your inbox daily.

By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy and to receive email correspondence from us.