Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 33

Hybrid View

  1. #1

    Wheated vs. Non-Wheated, Comprehensive List?

    Hi folks--New to the forum, but have been reading with much enjoyment over the past week. My experience with bourbon has been a gradual appreciation over the last 11 years. An avid homebrewer of beer, my bourbon experiences were usually relegated to visits with the in-laws as my wife's father is a bourbon drinker. While his tastes are notably far from the top shelf (Ezra Brooks being among his everyday bourbons), over the years I have managed to bring a bottle of a wide variety of bourbons that he would never have forked over the asking price for at the store. As such, we've both enjoyed a great deal of bourbons that neither one of us may have ever gotten, as I wasn't prone to keeping bourbon around the house as my wife prefers single malt Scotch. Uncharacteristically, while most other homebrewers tend to favor scotch with as much zeal as they do their beer, I prefer that little something extra that bourbon provides, just a little rougher around the edges but definitely with more character in my opinion.
    Now, introductions aside, I *think* my palate tends to side on the wheated bourbon argument as some of the bourbons I've had tend to be such (Maker's, etc.). So, is there or could somebody provide for me some sort of a list of bourbons that are wheated along with commentary and those that are not? I've been trying a different bourbon each time and I think I can tell which tastes wheated, but I'm not sure. I'd like to be able to keep a mental list when I'm at the liquor store and perhaps get a couple for comparison tastings.
    I'm also open to suggestion and opinion. This is a great forum for such.
    J. Rocco


    J. Rocco
    CT Shoreline, USA

  2. #2
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Kansas, USA
    Posts
    144

    Re: Wheated vs. Non-Wheated, Comprehensive List?

    J. Rocco,
    Welcome to the forum!

    Follows is a list of wheated bourbons that I am aware of in addition to the Maker's Mark that you mentioned:
    1.) All of the W.L. Weller and Old Fitzgerald bottlings
    2.) Rebel Yell
    3.) David Nicholson 1843
    4.) Most of the bourbons bottled by Julian Van Winkle (he can provide the details)
    5.) Virginia Gentleman

    There may be others, but these are the ones that I am aware of. I too enjoy wheated bourbons, but please don't limit yourself to just these brands. There are too many other good bourbons out there.

    Again, welcome to the forum!

    Bill
    http://home.kc.rr.com/mashbill/

  3. #3
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    12,564

    Re: Wheated vs. Non-Wheated, Comprehensive List?

    Bill,

    I believe you are wrong about Virginia Gentleman. Otherwise your list is solid. Since there are now three companies producing wheated bourbon (Maker's, Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace), up from two, we may see even more wheaters in the future.

    --Chuck Cowdery

  4. #4
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Kansas, USA
    Posts
    144

    Re: Wheated vs. Non-Wheated, Comprehensive List?

    Chuck,

    The following line comes directly from A. Smith Bowman's website describing their Virginia Gentleman Bourbon:

    "Made from the finest corn, wheat, and malted barley"

    Of course, not everything we see on the web is the truth......

    Bill
    http://home.kc.rr.com/mashbill/

  5. #5
    **DONOTDELETE**
    Guest

    Re: Wheated vs. Non-Wheated, Comprehensive List?

    Virginia Gentleman is a rye recipe bought in bulk from Heaven Hill. VG was always a ryed bourbon.

    Linn Spencer

    Have Shotglass. Will Travel.

  6. #6
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    12,564

    Re: Wheated vs. Non-Wheated, Comprehensive List?

    That has always been my understanding as well. For one thing, Bowman has been buying from Heaven Hill longer than Heaven Hill has been making wheated bourbon. I bet the website was a mistake. I have made an inquiry to the Bowman people and will report anything I hear.

    --Chuck Cowdery

  7. #7
    **DONOTDELETE**
    Guest

    Re: Wheated vs. Non-Wheated, Comprehensive List?

    I would be very interestd to know what they tell you. I have drank a lot of Virginia Gentelman before they quit making their own whiskey. Even though I didn't know wheat from rye at that time I would think that if it had been wheated then that would be a flavor that I would be quite fond of, and therefore would be a hardcore pro-wheater. It may be that what is now going into the 80 proof red label is wheated. I haven't tasted it in many years. I only remember it as being dreadful. I vowed never to buy another bottle.

    Linn Spencer

    Have Shotglass. Will Travel.

  8. #8
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    12,564

    Re: Wheated vs. Non-Wheated, Comprehensive List?

    Most likely scenario: The kid writing the web site was stealing stuff from the Maker's Mark web site and thought all bourbon is made with wheat.

    --Chuck Cowdery

  9. #9
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    12,564

    Re: Wheated vs. Non-Wheated, Comprehensive List?

    Good catch, Bill. I missed that. I have made an inquiry of the Bowman folks and will let you know what I find out.

    --Chuck Cowdery

  10. #10
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Kansas, USA
    Posts
    144

    Re: Wheated vs. Non-Wheated, Comprehensive List?

    Chuck,
    I forgot to mention....
    I hope you're right about seeing more wheaters in the future. Of course we'll have to wait a few years to see how they turn out [IMG]/wwwthreads/images/frown.gif[/IMG]

    Bill
    http://home.kc.rr.com/mashbill/

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Wheated Bourbon
    By TimmyBoston in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 07-07-2006, 18:27
  2. Is EWSB '96 a wheated bourbon?
    By Ken in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-03-2006, 19:15
  3. First wheated bourbon?
    By jeff in forum History
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-06-2004, 06:12
  4. Wheated bourbons
    By Giobo in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 48
    Last Post: 12-13-2000, 16:08

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top