Sierra Norte and Pierde Alma are a couple of familiar labels leading the way, making whiskey focused on heirloom Mexican corn. However, Abasolo is looking to change the perception of what Mexican whiskey is and can be. Launched by Casa Lumbre in the midst of the pandemic, Abasolo is the first 100% Mexican corn whiskey. Corn is a common presence in whiskey, but focusing intensely on its flavor is less common. Some whiskey lovers might shrug with indifference at the sight of a corn whiskey, but it’s this label that the Jilotepec distiller believes will make its name.
Abasolo Mexican Whisky is very clear and pale gold, like half-oaked Chardonnay. The amber custom-cast square bottle is textured and substantial, and looks like an artifact from the frontier West. The bouquet shows unoaked and volatile florality mixed with dry popcorn kernels and pencil shavings. On the finish you just get fresh tortilla.