Sierra Norte™ Whiskey FAQ

Sierra Norte™ Whiskey is committed to our Mission of preservation of Heirloom Corns, fair trade in commerce and delivering a superior quality ( delicious) product to our customers.

Heirloom Corn : Oaxaca is the origin/birthplace of corn in the world . It is over 7,000 yrs ago. It is called Maiz Criollo in Oaxaca.

This corn grows in many colors. We have white, yellow and black. We are working on reviving the red and green, etc. from extinction. There are multi colored corn cobs also. We are building seed banks to preserve this heritage of “open Pollinated seeds” which are not hybrid nor GMO corns.

The growers are single village small family farmers. They are subsistence level farmers. They are preserving the tradition and the culture of the criollo corn in Oaxaca that has been passed down from generation to generation for over 7000 years.

The criollo corn only yields 1/2 to 1/3 the poundage per acre that the GMO corn yields.

Fair trade practices: We pay 2 to 3 times the market price of GMO corn for the Criollo corn. This way the traditional farmers can earn a fair wage, ie as much money as the GMO farmers and the imported corn suppliers.  

We promise to buy their whole crop at fair trade prices, so that they have economic security.

We offer long term purchasing plans at fair trade prices so that the farmers have economic security and don’t have to migrate to the USA for jobs 

Master distiller Douglas French has been hand crafting fine spirits the old fashion way for over 20 years. 

The Sierra Norte Whiskey’s mash is made with a pure grain 85% Corn Criollo and 15% malted Barley .

The mash is then double distilling in Pot stills where the refined is done in copper stills

All the Sierra Norte Whiskey is matured in French OAK Barrels.  It is single barrel bottling for maximum appreciation of all the wonderful and  magical different nuances that happen in the different barrels. Barrel aging is an art not a science.