Our Favorite Four Grain Bourbons

Bourbon is usually made from three of four grains: corn, wheat or rye, and barley. But there are some brands which use four. Here are our favorites.
Sep 03, 2019
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    Bluebird Distilling is a newcomer to the American craft scene, based out of Pheonixville, Pennsylvania. The Four Grain Bourbon is distilled from a mash bill of corn, red winter wheat, rye, and malted barley. Bluebird uses a German copper hybrid still, and ages the whiskey in thirty-gallon barrels. Bottled at 46% ABV.
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    Deerhammer Distilling Company founded in 2010 is a grain-to-glass distillery located over 8,000 feet above sea level in Buena Vista, Colorado. Their Straight Bourbon is made from a unique four grain mash bill consisting of 65% Colorado corn, 20% San Luis red spring wheat, 10% cold-smoked oats, and 5% roasted barley. The bourbon is direct-fire pot distilled and matured for a minimum of two years in heavy toasted, #2 char virgin American oak.
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    This straight bourbon is produced at the Washington D.C. based, One Eight Distilling--a grain-to-glass distillery. This is a four grain bourbon made from a mash bill of wheat, rye, malted barley, and corn with some of the rye component including malted rye. Aged for a minimum two years in new, charred American oak, it's bottled at 95 proof.
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    Laws Whiskey House is a grain-to-glass distiller located in Denver, Colorado. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon is made with a mash bill of 60% corn along with 20% heirloom wheat, 10% heirloom rye and 10% heirloom malted barley all sourced from Colorado family farms. The bourbon ages for three years in new, 53 gallon charred American oak barrels.
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    Made with corn, rye, wheat and malted barley, this four grain offering from Tuthilltown is aged in their trademark 3-gallon barrels to minimize aging time, but maximize the liquid to wood ratio. Note: This has been discontinued.
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    Black Button Four Grain bourbon is made with 60% corn, 20% wheat, 9% rye, and 11% malted barley. The grains are all grown in New York State from Edgewood Farms in Groveland, a 1,600-acre farm just south of Rochester. This straight bourbon is bottled at 84 proof.
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    This four-grain bourbon from Grapevine, Texas is distilled from a mash of Texas raw corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley. The name TahWahKaro derives from a word denoting a "bend in the river" and is the original water source for settlers to Grapevine. The bourbon is aged for an undisclosed amount of time and is bottled at 48% abv.
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    Made to adhere to the standards of the Bottled in Bond act of 1887, Law's Four Grain Straight Bourbon Bonded must be aged for a minimum of 4 years, made in a single distilling season, using the grains of a single season, made by one distiller at one distillery and aged in a federal government-bonded distillery.
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    Debuting April 2017, with another release set for 2018, this limited edition bourbon from the Buffalo Trace Distillery is the 9th release in a series made to honor past distillery owner, Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Made primarily with corn, the mash bill also includes rye, wheat, and malted barley –grains that the Colonel had access to during the late 1800s when he purchased the distillery. This bourbon in bottled-in-bond, at 100 proof, and aged for 12 years in charred American oak.