View Full Version : The Wheat Takes Time

12-22-2003, 20:42
Note: this post was originally a reply to Dave Morefield's "Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year 107 Proof " posting in the tasting forum. It's a good enough question to warrant it's own thread -- JB

After re-reading this portion of the thread, it got me thinking: What are the young wheaters? The only one that comes immediately to mind is Maker's Mark. All the other wheat-recipe bourbons I can think of are 7+ years old. What bourbons am I forgetting?

12-22-2003, 21:54
Is Old Fitzgerald BIB a 4yo, or do they age it more than the original BIB law called for?

12-22-2003, 21:56
Now that's a Cracker Jack of a question!

12-22-2003, 22:00
I need a few peanuts while I mull over the possibilities. The labels reveal the answer not.

12-22-2003, 22:22
The rules at Heaven Hill...If the bourbon does not say how old it is, in some way, rule of thumb, it's 4 years old...All others, older or younger than 4 years, have to have a age statement somewhere on the bottle...

The rules may have changed a bit...but that is the way it used to be 3 years ago...

Generally...When the label say's 7 years old...It's "usually" seven years old bourbon in that bottle...

The rules, will allow older bourbon (say 8 year old bourbon) in that bottle and still keep the label at 7 years old...You can always go higher in age but not lower...

This rarely happens...Only on A-line...on a 1 or two order case...

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12-23-2003, 06:24
Well, we can't be sure what is a wheater and what is not, but some of the talk over the years has pointed to the possibility of Rebel Yell and Virginia Gentleman being wheaters.


12-23-2003, 19:36
Now that you mention Rebel Yell, The Bourbon Companion (by regan and Regan) says that it is a wheated bourbon. I have had this and liked its sweetness.
I can't say if Virginia Gentleman is a wheater by the taste since I feel that the double distallation and filtration that it goes through makes it sooo smooth I just enjoy it rather than have to rally think if it is a wheat based bourbon.

12-28-2003, 17:47
Both standard Old Fitz (gold label) and the BIB (green label) are 4 years old. There used to be a 4-year-old Weller, but I think Buffalo Trace discontinued it.