“Let Sleeping Dogs Lie? Not when they are this good!”


Old Dog corn Liquor and glassIntroduction

Launched on 28 January 2020 this is our ‘Bourbon Equivalent’ which we call Old Dog Corn Liquor – we produced a corn, wheat and barley mash which, following fermentation was distilled by us in Hilda, our 1000 litre pot/column hybrid still and then matured in new American oak casks for eight months.

The name ‘Old Dog’ comes from a local coal mine shaft in the Morda valley. The ‘Corn Liquor’ part of the name describes the contents of the bottle!

It is available in 70cl bottles and is bottled at 41.5%.

To see our press release click HERE.

Tasting Notes

The pleasingly deep amber liquid has honey and soft fruity notes on the nose. There is an amazingly creamy mouthfeel, with caramel, spice, and hints of vanilla and smoke. The lingering smooth finish leaves notes of toffee and vanilla. This is a light, easy drinking spirit with a surprising complexity.

The following tasting notes were sent to us by one of our customers (thank you Carl!!):

Nose: Sweet, honey, pear drops buttery

Taste: Honey, peppery got nice heat to it, pear drops, slightly creamy in the mouth

Finish: White pepper, oaky, waxy good medium finish

We took part in the very first English Whisky Society live tasting (via Zoom) on Thursday the 23rd of April. During the tasting of Old Dog Corn Liquor a participant, Mr Edward J. Milner (twitter username @MrEdwardMilner), posted the following notes:

Nose: A confectionery sourness,like Tangfastics. Sherbert and orange zest. Sugar syrup, green apple and cherry Haribo. Tropical fruit salad, toffee and fresh honey.
Palate: Soft, sweet palate, more sherbert. Would be great to get someone who isn’t a whisky fan into whisky! Mellow sweetness on the finish. Would be great for cocktails in lieu of sugar syrup

Thank you so much for this review Edward!


Our Old Dog Corn Liquor is already receiving fantastic feedback and selling out fast!

We’ve had some great feedback including an email that we thought was straight to the point. “just tried it, superb” – Thank you Jason!!

Another customer who recently visited us here at the distillery wrote to me afterwards saying “If you have any bottles available on the whisky run.. put me down for one! The corn liquor is seriously good!!

And here is a little feedback from a Facebook user (thank you Debi, you know who you are). “Henstone Old Dog Corn Liquor is made in Shropshire so not technically a bourbon but is really delicious.  There’s lots of aniseed/liquorice on the nose but this doesn’t come that strong when you drink it. There’s hints of caramel along with it and can’t wait to see how they develop. Definitely a distillery to watch for.” The following photo supported the post:

Old Dog photo from Facebook post

If you have any thoughts please let us know via email, phone or social media. We always love to hear your feedback – good or bad! Our contact details can be found here – CONTACT

If you are interested in buying a bottle then take a look at our SHOP pageOld Dog Corn Liquor, glass and fire