I love history and often find myself watching documentaries on television. I’m always amazed at how little I was taught in school about American history. So, I’ve made it one of my personal agendas to research the origins of American spirits. Turns out that Old Cooch’s has a tale to tell.
The Old Cooch in question was Thomas Cooch who owned a fair amount of property including a bridge. Amazingly enough during the entire Revolutionary War, only one battle was ever fought in Delaware and it ended at Cooch’s Bridge on the Old Baltimore Pike in Newark. On September 3, 1777, the British and Hessian forces overcame the Colonials and took control of the bridge. To this day, there are sightings of a headless ghost walking on the road near the bridge. Perhaps he got his head blown off by a cannonball. Old Cooch’s Corn Whiskey won’t blow your head off, but it will soothe your nerves.
Old Cooch’s Corn Whiskey (80 proof)
Nose: Fresh, grassy funk of corn husk.
Taste: Lighter than expected with a watery mouthfeel. The flavor is quite vegetal with a fair amount of heat. There is a dry, semi-tannic quality that creates an oak flavor way at the back of the palate. Semi-sugary, but balanced between heat and sweet.
Finish: Medium long with a lot of peppery notes percolating through the young oak.
Overall: This might appeal to those fans of moonshine who are looking for a lighter touch than the typical high-proof versions.
GSN Rating: B
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