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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    10 Bluebird Distilling Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey
    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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    9 Deerhammer Straight Bourbon
    Deerhammer is located over 8,000 feet above sea level in Buena Vista, Colorado. The distillery's Straight Bourbon is made from a unique four grain mash bill consisting of 65% corn, 20% red wheat, 10% oats, and 5% roasted barley. The bourbon is pot distilled and matured for a minimum of two years in heavy toasted, #2 char American oak.
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    8 District Made Straight Bourbon
    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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    7 Penelope Four Grain Bourbon Batch #1
    The first batch of Penelope Bourbon consists of six barrels and 1,900 bottles, from a mash of corn, rye, wheat, and barley. The barrels are new American white oak with #4 char staves and #2 char heads. The bourbon is bottled without chill-filtration at 80 proof.
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    6 Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon
    This four grain straight bourbon whiskey uses a blend of rye, wheat and barley sourced from the Colorado Malting Company, and corn from Briess Malting in Wisconsin - encompassing the "mother grains" of bourbon. The whiskey ages about 3 years, all year round to capture the seasonal nuances from the ever-changing Colorado mountain air, in new, 53 gallon charred oak barrels source from Independent Stave Company.
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    5 Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
    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.
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    4 Black Button Four Grain Bourbon
    With an interesting mash bill of 60% corn, 20% wheat, 9% rye, and 11% malted barley, this Rochester, NY spirit is made entirely at Black Button's distillery. The grains are even shipped from a farm just to the south of their location, lending true meaning to the term "craft spirit."
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    3 TahWahKaro Four Grain Bourbon
    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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    2 Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Bonded
    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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    1 Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bottled in Bond
    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.