South Carolina- Made with ancient Italian Abruzzi which is an heirloom grain known for its hardy backbone and complex nutty flavors. Heirloom white corn completes the blend to add a touch of sweetness.
Appearance: It’s a bit subdued. A brownish gold versus an orangey gold.
Nose: It’s very sweet, but like…smooth, at the same time? Can smoothness be a nose? The nuttiness comes across on multiple inhales: hazelnuts, and marzipan. Meringue. Caramel. “It makes me feel like going to a farm to pick pumpkins,” said one of my tasting companions.
Palate: Not a lot of bite, which we appreciated. It starts with that nuttiness and finishes with toasty marshmallow and graham cracker. The corn in the mix mellows a lot out, I think. It doesn’t taste hot, or, as another companion says, “burn-ey.” There’s a lingering mellow sweetness, and not a lot of bite.