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  1. #1
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    straight wheat whisky?

    Hi all

    This may be a silly question, but are there any straight wheat whiskies made nowadays? I assume, from following the analogy with bourbons (between 51 and 80% corn) and ryes (over 50% rye), wheat whiskies would be made from over 50% wheat. Any of those on the market? If so, made by what distillery and under what brand names?

    Cheers, Lex


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    Re: straight wheat whisky?

    Your reasoning is correct and "Straight Wheat" is anticipated by the federal regulations, but no straight wheat whiskey is manufactured in the U.S. today.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://cowdery.home.netcom.com>--Chuck Cowdery</A>

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    Re: straight wheat whisky?

    Thank God for that!

    Linn Spencer

    Have Shotglass. Will Travel.

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    Re: straight wheat whisky?

    You limited your comment to 'today,' Chuck. Do you know if any has ever been made?

    Greg


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    Re: straight wheat whisky?

    Greg,
    While working at U.D. I found a couple of mash bills from the Glenmore distillery for wheat whiskey - one wheat and corn the other straight wheat (with barley malt of course). I assume it was not very good whiskey otherwise it would still be around today.
    Mike Veach


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    Re: straight wheat whisky?

    thanks, Mike
    Interesting that consumers like rye enough to have rye whiskey in several variations but wheat whiskey did not endure.
    Greg


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    Re: straight wheat whisky?

    I seem to recall seeing a wheat whiskey imported from Wales at some point in the past. Like Mike, I too have seen mentions of American wheat whiskies in the past. Unlike rye, which was once the standard for American whiskey, wheats never really caught on.

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://cowdery.home.netcom.com>--Chuck Cowdery</A>

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    Re: straight wheat whisky?

    After looking through my moonshining links, I found
    the following concerning wheat whiskey (dunno how reliable it is):

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.actiondaddy.com/howto/moonshine6.htm>http://www.actiondaddy.com/howto/moonshine6.htm</A>

    Apparently there's someone to swear by just about any recipe
    you can think of.

    $35/gallon competes with liquor off the shelf, but $50/gallon?


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    Re: straight wheat whisky?

    I checked the link out - had to, since it's in my neck of the woods. I don't know how good Mr. Custer's whiskey is, but he deserves the Pappy Van Winkle/Linn Spencer Award for gusto. "If I find out who told the police I'll break their kneecaps", at age 71. He'll probably do it, too - with a coal shovel.

    Ralph Wilps


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    Re: straight wheat whisky?

    Hi Chuck

    I seem to recall seeing a wheat whiskey imported from Wales at some point in the past.

    That would be very interesting, given that I'm trying to get to the bottom of Wales' distilling history and its possible link with American distilling/distillers. Can you give me any lead on this which would enable me to dig further?

    Cheers, Lex


 

 

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