Being aged for three years Platte Valley is one of the oldest corn whiskeys on the market.
That category does not require aging at all and in most cases is bottled after months (if not weeks) spent in refill barrel. As long as spirit is distilled from mash of at least 80% corn with alcohol content not exceeding 160 proof (80% abv) it falls into corn whiskey category. Platte Valley is distilled from 100% corn and aged for three years in refill barrels. The brand is produced and marketed by McCormick Distilling Company, located in Weston, Missouri, on site of the oldest distillery of the Mississippi River (founded by David and Ben Halladay in 1856). Only grain spirit is currently distilled on site, while corn whiskey has been sourced most likely from Heaven Hill Distillery. Platte Valley is presented in old-fashioned stoneware flagons.
Nose: slightly yeasty and spirity, corn flakes, vanilla, melted butter, hints of caramel and cotton candy.
Palate: slightly oily, buttered popcorn, vanilla, hard candy, hints of tropical fruits and dash of spice.
Finish: rather short with notes of corn, vanilla and hint of dried fruit.