Industry Opinion

Experimental Grains In American Whiskey

Whiskey can be made from any kind of grain. Bourbon is required to consist of a minimum 51% corn, and generally the remainder of the mash bill will be wheat, rye and/or barley. Happily, the craft spirits movement in the U.S. is booming, and as a result, there is a lot of experimentation going on throughout American whiskey culture.

Enter exotic experimental grains to the mix. Quinoa, touted lately as power grain for its health benefits, also makes a fine whiskey. Triticale, a wheat-rye hybrid developed in Scotland and Sweden in the late 1800s, is also being distilled with…