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What is Wheated Bourbon?

What is Wheated Bourbon?

A ‘wheated’ bourbon meets the bourbon criteria and uses wheat as a replacement for the rye component of the mashbill, so corn (at least 51%), wheat and barley instead of corn (at least 51%), rye and barley.

Wheated bourbons are ‘gentler’ on the nose and palette and typically age more gracefully.

Wheated bourbon should not be confused with ‘Wheated Whiskey’ which in the US allows a distilled product to be labelled "wheat whiskey" when the mash is composed of at least 51% wheat.

Bourbon is a distilled spirit that meets the following criteria:

  • Produced in the United States
  • Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
  • Aged in new, charred oak barrels
  • Distilled to no more than 160 proof 80% ABV
  • Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof 62.5% ABV
  • Bottled at more than 80 proof / 40% ABV
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