About Wheat Whiskey

Serve in a Canadian Whisky Glass
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
209514
OYO
Oloroso Wheat Whiskey, Double Cask Collection
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205666
Bainbridge
Battle Point Organic Whiskey
Bright amber color. Rich aromas of caramel and vanilla buttercream frostings on white cake with mango marmalade filling, leather, and polished cedar. Supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, rich warming spice, honeyed raisin toast, and toffee finish. A decadently flavorful sipping whisky that is sure to please.
93 points $48.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205630
OYO
Wheat Whiskey
Deep copper color. Grainy aromas of honeyed cereal, buttery toasted zucchini bread, polished wood, and pistachio nougat with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy, wheat flour, raisin, pepper and ash finish. Lots of racy grain character for cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209546
Dry Fly
Cask Strength Straight Wheat Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221085
Bare Knuckle
American Wheat Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216444
Cedar Ridge Distillery
Wheat Whiskey
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209596
Lone Elm
Texas Wheat Whiskey
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216656
Long Road Distillers
Wheat Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab