Platte Valley Corn Whiskey Review

Platte Valley Corn Whiskey Review

Platte Valley Corn Whiskey is fairly unique among corn whiskeys because it’s been aged for 3 years in used cooperage. Most corn whiskey you see on the market today, sometimes marketed as moonshine, is aged for 6 months or less. Unlike bourbon which has to spend some amount of time in new charred oak, be it 20 seconds or 20 years, corn whiskey doesn’t have to be aged at all and new make can be sold as corn whiskey. Though there are other requirements that need to be met for it to be called a corn whiskey.

Per the TTB, to qualify as a corn whiskey, it must be “…produced at not exceeding 80% alcohol by volume (160 proof) from a fermented mash of not less than 80 percent corn and if stored in oak containers stored at not more than 62.5% alcohol by volume (125 proof) in used or uncharred new oak containers and not subjected in any manner to treatment with charred wood.” The reason, the 80%+ corn mash whiskey can only be stored in uncharred or used barrels if because if it’s stored in new charred oak it would be a bourbon. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, on to the Platte Valley Corn Whiskey review!

Platte Valley Corn Whiskey Info

Region: Missouri, USA

Bottler: McCormick Distilling
Cask: Used bourbon barrels
Age: 3 years
ABV: 40%

Price: $20

Platte Valley Corn Whiskey Review

Pear juice

Corn, vanilla, strawberry gummies, a touch of spice and a hint of caramel. Not a whole lot going on, but it’s inoffensive and nice with no off notes or spirity notes causing a ruckus.

Corn, vanilla, fruit and a very light spice. The fruit comes across like a hybrid of tropical and orchard fruit that’s a bit heavier on the tropical notes. A banapplenut if you will.

Gone in a flash leaving only a fleeting impression of corn, vanilla and dried fruit.

Not much to balance, but what’s there is nicely lined up. Thin body and watery texture complete the simple-as-can-be picture.

Platte Valley Corn Whiskey is decent, but I like Balcones Baby Blue and Mellow Corn more with Mellow Corn leading this strange little pack in terms of value. It’s about as simple of a whiskey as it gets, but that doesn’t actually mean it’s bad, in fact I enjoy sipping it quite a bit, I just have to be in the right mood because of how light is. I’ve also found it’s not that great for cocktails or to eat with heavy meals, but is an alright compliment to lighter meals or just for sipping in the afternoon. It’s a clean, straight forward whiskey that’s worth a try if you get the chance. Just don’t expect it to blow your socks off.

SCORE: 78/100

Platte Valley Corn Whiskey Review - Score
  • Nose - 78
  • Palate - 78
  • Finish - 78
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 78


Platte Valley Corn Whiskey is a decent value if you’re looking for a corn whiskey.

Platte Valley Corn Whiskey Label

Josh Peters

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8 Responses to Platte Valley Corn Whiskey Review

  1. How about reviewing a fancier un-aged corn whiskey, like Hudson New York Corn Whiskey? It is priced highly enough that I wonder if it really is worthwhile. Also, could you do reviews for Knob Creek Rye and 1792 Small Batch Bourbon? I just bought those and want to know your take.

    • I’ve been asking Hudson for samples for a while, but they’re not interested. Might have to breakdown and buy some of them at some point. I have both of the others in queue so they’re coming, but it’ll be a few weeks.

  2. The McCormick Distilling website now(February 2016) shows Platte Valley jugs emblazoned with the word “Moonshine” in letters larger than those proclaiming it “100% Straight Corn Whiskey” in the line below. I hope it’s still barrel-aged for 36 months. The website doesn’t show the back of the jug.

  3. Wow, I don’t know where you shop, but I just paid $34 bucks for a 1.75L crock in Colorado.
    It’s too soon to say if I like it, I’ve only sampled so far. I just liked the crock for my bar.
    Stay tuned for my review.

      • I have been looking for platte vally aroumd here for 10 years, cant fined it in any of the stores. W hen my younger bouther was . alive he and I used to drink it. I miss him so much. He was a great man and my hunting pal. I do wish I could get. I would like to have a pull with Dave one more time. Dam I miss him. Pete

        • I’m sorry to hear that man, that really sucks. I don’t have anything but impotent words for the second part, but for the whiskey I’d recommend looking online if you’re in a shipping state. Cheers.

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