Our Favorite Four Grain Whiskeys

Most whiskeys either use just one type of grain (single malt) or a trio of grains (many bourbons). These whiskeys take it a step further and combine four grains to make their creations. Here are a few of our favorites.
Mar 19, 2019
  • 10
    10 District Made Straight Bourbon
    83
    Full Bodied
    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.
  • 9
    9 Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
    85
    Fruity
    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.
  • 8
    8 Penelope Four Grain Bourbon Batch #1
    85
    Sweet & Vanilla
    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.
  • 7
    7 Black Button Four Grain Bourbon
    87
    Sweet & Herbal
    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."
  • 6
    6 Watershed Bourbon
    87
    Sweet & Vanilla
    Columbus, Ohio's Watershed Distillery produces its Watershed Bourbon with a unique four-grain mash bill. Here, corn counts for 60%, rye and wheat count towards a combined 35%, and unusually, spelt chips in for the final 5%. The spelt is a nod to Ohio's local agriculture, with the state growing by far the most spelt of any in the nation. Watershed utilizes a 60 gallon, approximately 225 liter Kothe still for their distillation, and currently ages its bourbon in a combination of 10-, 30- and full 53-gallon barrels.
  • 5
    5 Koval Single Barrel Four Grain
    87
    Herbal & Spicy
    This four-grain whiskey uses organic Midwest grains: oats, malted barley, rye, and wheat. The whiskey is aged in heavily charred 30-gallon new oak barrels and is aged for 3-4 years. Koval is 100% grain-to-bottle distillery. All Koval whiskeys are single-barrel expressions so slight variations may occur.
  • 4
    4 Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Cask Strength
    90
    Full Bodied
    A high-rye four-grain bourbon with a 60% corn, 20% rye, 10% wheat, and 10% barley mash bill. The whisky is aged for a minimum of three years in new American white oak casks. Distilled, aged, and bottled in Denver, Colorado. This is bottled at cask-strength of 56% ABV.
  • 3
    3 Journeyman Distillery Silver Cross Four Grain Whiskey
    91
    Spicy & Sweet
    The Silver Cross is a medal given in the early days of the British Open. With a mash bill of equal parts rye, wheat, corn, and barley, this four-grain whiskey is a tribute to owner/distiller Bill Welter’s love of golf. Proceeds from this product go to a local golf related charity. Journeyman Distillery is one of the few distilleries to be both certified organic and kosher.
  • 2
    2 Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Canadian Whisky
    93
    Floral & Fruity
    Gooderham & Worts celebrates the history behind a Toronto grist mill and distillery which first produced whisky in 1837. It closed in 1990, but at its height was producing over 2 million liters of whisky a year, which at the time was half the production in the whole of Canada. This whisky was first released in the late 90’s as part of the failed Canadian Whisky Guild Series along with Lot 40 and Pike Creek. It’s back! This bottling was distilled by Corby Distillers and production was overseen by Dr. Don Livermore. The four grains blended are corn, wheat, rye, and barley. It is bottled at 44.4% abv.
  • 1
    1 Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bottled in Bond
    95
    Rich & Full Bodied
    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.