Gluten-free whiskey has been gaining popularity among those who are sensitive to gluten or simply looking for alternative options. Made from grains like corn, rice, or quinoa instead of the traditional wheat or barley, gluten-free whiskey offers a way for people with gluten sensitivities to enjoy a dram without worry. The appeal of gluten-free whiskey extends beyond those with dietary restrictions, as its unique flavors and smooth textures can be appreciated by any whiskey enthusiast.
Whether you’re a whiskey connoisseur exploring new flavors or someone with gluten intolerance seeking a suitable alternative, gluten-free whiskey provides a diverse range of options to savor. With its growing availability and distinct characteristics, it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to gluten-free whiskey for their sipping pleasure.
Hudson Baby Bourbon
Hudson Baby Bourbon is distilled in small batches and aged in smaller than traditional barrels. Smaller barrels add more color to the whiskey over less time while adding warm flavor notes to the liquor. Sweet corn with a complex hint of spice makes up the flavor notes of this 100% corn whiskey. Unfortunately, Hudson Baby Bourbon may be difficult to find. The manufacturer was purchased by a larger group that hasn’t resumed production of the spirit yet, but you can still find it for sale.
The name of this whiskey was inspired by Jennie Justo, “Queen of Bootleggers.” Like Jennie, Old Sugar Distillery is based in Wisconsin, using sorghum grown in the state to create Queen Jennie Whiskey. The result is a unique profile without the sourness of bourbon and a softer mouthfeel than rye whiskies.
Another example of sorghum whiskey, S.S. Sorghum Whiskey, utilizes locally produced ingredients. Manufactured by Still 630 in Missouri, the brand ages its whiskey for over seven years in oak barrels. The result is a complex spirit with notes of stone fruit and sweet molasses. The rich-tasting liquor tastes excellent over ice as well as mixed-in cocktails.
Jack Daniel’s Whiskey formulates its grain mash with 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye creating a rich sweetness with peppery notes. For those avoiding gluten for dietary purposes, this whiskey is a fine choice. The gluten proteins dissolve during the distilling process. However, those with gluten allergies should try some of the other single-grain options on this list.
Like Jack Daniel’s, Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey uses a mix of corn and barley in its grain mash and is considered a gluten free whiskey. However, people with allergies may want to skip any whiskey processed with glutenous grains to be safe. The spirit ages in charred oak barrels, creating a robustly flavored whiskey with fruity notes and Crown Royal’s signature smooth finish.
A well-known brand with a highly recognizable red wax seal, Maker’s Mark Bourbon brings its own take on traditional bourbon. Their grain mash contains winter weather in addition to corn. This addition gives this whiskey a soft and creamy mouthfeel and enhances the fruity flavors of the spirit. The vanilla notes make it a favorite for use in cocktails.
Johnnie Walker Whiskey stands out among these other selections as the only Scotch whiskey on the list. Single malt and grain whiskies from Scotland blend together to create this globally famous brand. Combining toffee and fruit flavors with a touch of spice makes this whiskey a complex and delicious choice for drinking neat.
Knob Creek Whiskey comes in several varieties, but all use a corn-based mash with other grains mixed. Most of their products are bourbon whiskies with vanilla notes and slight caramel afternotes. People prize Knob Creek Whiskey for its distinct warm color, a mix of coppery and amber tones. The flavor and color of this spirit make it a distinctive addition to mixed drinks.
Non-GMO grains grown for the brand give Wild Turkey Bourbon its unique character. Corn, rye, and malted barley are blended in the grain mash and melded together in the years-long aging process. The resulting whiskey is aromatic with woodsy notes from the oak barrels and has Wild Turkey’s signature orange and vanilla notes.