About Wheat Whiskey

About Wheat Whiskey
As the name implies, wheat whiskeys have wheat as the principal grain used for distillation. Most of these are American made and are aged in oak and/or sherry barrels, giving them an amber color with a flavor profile of caramel, butterscotch, cashew and spiced raisin, among others. While this is not as large a category as many other types of whiskey, most of these wheat whiskeys are of very high quality, elegant, but often with a spicy, gutsy character. While they can be used for mixing in elegant cocktails, most are meant for sipping in a small snifter after dinner.

Top Picks for Wheat Whiskey

OYO Oloroso Wheat Whiskey, Double Cask Collection
93 points
Clear deep copper color. Lively, fruity, creamy, spicy aromas of toffee and buttered fruitcake with a supple, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, complex, very long creme brulee, dried fruits, pepper, and minerals finish. A powerfully delicious wheat whisky for all applications.
93 points $79.95
Dry Fly Cask Strength Straight Wheat Whiskey
89 points
Brilliant deep amber color. Delicate, toasty, fruity, exotic, grainy aromas of buttery cashew brittle, floral honey, vanilla custard, and rice and sesame candies with a supple, lively, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, long toffee, peppery spices, charcoal, and oak finish. A bold, character rich wheat whisky with a lot of guts.
89 points $59.95
Bare Knuckle American Wheat Whiskey
87 points
Gold color. Grainy aromas of hay, alfalfa sprouts, prune, mint air freshener, and miso soup with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length buckwheat honey, warm spices, toasted whole wheat bread, and star anise finish. A honey-pot of a craft wheat whiskey.
87 points $35.99
Cedar Ridge Distillery Wheat Whiskey
87 points
Bright light gold color. Fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, whole roasted peanuts, orange marmalade on toast, and suede with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy honeyed muesli with dried cherry, latte, pepper, and minerals finish. A mellow, silky wheat whisky.
Lone Elm Texas Wheat Whiskey
86 points
Brilliant copper color. Rich, floral, fruity, complex aromas of figs, suede, honeyed nuts, and polished wood with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long dried peach and cherry, cedar, and earth finish. A great combination of fruit and earthy tones.
86 points $49.99
Long Road Distillers Wheat Whisky
85 points
Brilliant gold color. Sweet, fruity aromas and flavors of caramel pistachio ice cream sundae, bananas foster, praline, and barn wood and leather with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length burlap sacks of grain and nuts, dried peach, cedar, and tobacco finish. An interesting dichotomy of sweet confection aromas and dry grainy flavors.
85 points $39.99