Corsair Buckyeah is one of Corsair’s whiskeys that’s rooted in non-traditional grains. Comprised of 51% buckwheat and 49% malted barley, this buckwheat whiskey stems from one of their many experiments which have included uncommon grains like quinoa, spelt, triticale, blue corn, sorghum, oats, millet and 6-row brewer’s malt to name a few that I saw when visiting the Corsair Distillery last year
While I may not be a huge fan of Corsair’s hopped whiskeys I am definitely a fan of their alternative grain whiskeys like Buckyeah. They bring a new perspective, aromas and flavors to the rapidly expanding American Whiskey world. In my humble opinion Distilleries like Corsair are the future of American craft distilling – making bold, new and interesting offerings that stand apart from the traditional bourbons and ryes.
Corsair Buckyeah Info
Region: Tennessee, USA
Mashbill: 51% Buckwheat, 49% Malted Barley
Cask: New charred oak (15 gallon barrels)
Age: NAS (typically age for 5-10 months)
Corsair Buckyeah Review
Oily aroma of butterscotch chips, pralines, caramel, vanilla and a light bit of toffee. It’s a sweet aroma, but not cloyingly so.
Butterscotch chips, banana taffy, a nutty character paired with some orange peel and a light spice. The palate isn’t as sweet as the nose and ends up coming across more rustic than anything.
Medium fade of toffee and almond roca.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Good balance throughout, round medium body and a soft easy feel.
Corsair Buckyeah is a decent whiskey. I enjoy the way the sweet aroma dovetails into the rustic palate which fades out sweetly – there’s a nice rhythm to this whiskey. It’s sippable and mellow so while it might not light a fine under you it’s a great lazy day whiskey. I’d be more than happy to sit on my porch on a summer and sip on this while relaxing from the day. It’s that kind of whiskey.
SCORE: 83-86/100 (B, not consumed at home)
Corsair Buckyeah Review - Score Breakdown
- Nose - 86
- Palate - 85
- Finish - 84
- Balance, Body & Feel - 83
Corsair Buckyeah is a straightforward, approachable and easy to sip whiskey with just enough to offer to keep it from being boring. Sweet and rustic it’s a kick your feet up and relax kind of experience.