1) Virginia Lightning
2) Glen Thunder
1) Belmont Farms of Virginia, Culpepper, Virginia, USA (product no longer made)
2) Finger Lakes Distilling, Burdett, New York, USA
1) NAS (unaged)
2) Less than 30 days
1) 100 (50% ABV, taken down to 90 proof for tasting)
2) 90 (45% ABV)
1) Raw spirit, lavender, corn syrup, dried flowers, nail polish.
2) Spirit, corn tortillas, rose water, varnish.
On the palate
1) Full bodied and velvety. Sweet. Grape juice, mango.
2) Medium bodied. Milder than the nose would indicate. Drier and delicate.
1) Long, soft and fruity. Alcohol, starlight mints.
2)Corn husks, sweet cornbread, a bit of an alcoholic tingle
Parting words: These are two of my favorite unaged corn whiskeys. They are both good in their own way. Virginia Lightning is mild and fruity. It’s easy drinking for an unaged corn. Glen Thunder has more of an edge, but much more in the way of corn character. I have heard rumors that Belmont Farms, when they made this product, added sugar to their mash to achieve its relative smoothness. Both perform well mixed with sweet soft drinks or even on the rocks with a wedge of lime or a maraschino cherry (a summer favorite of mine) Virginia Lightning is no longer made now that Belmont Farms is under new management. If you can find it, it is worth buying. Glen Thunder is still made, but may be hard to find. It has the strong corn character of a traditional corn whiskey, but is accessible enough to work its way into the rotation of whiskey lovers who enjoy this sort of thing. Both are recommended.