Is Whiskey Gluten Free?

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By: Tom Valenti


Whiskey is one of the world’s favorite spirits – it has been around for centuries and continues to delight imbibers with its unique, robust flavors.  

Since whiskey production includes several ingredients including grains like rye and barley, many people are asking this question: “Is whiskey gluten-free?” The answer is yes – whiskey is gluten-free. So, let’s look at why whiskey is gluten-free and some famous gluten-free whiskey brands.


What is Whiskey?

What is Whiskey

Whiskey is an alcoholic beverage distilled from a fermented mash of grain then aged in wooden barrels for a long time to add complexity and flavor before bottling.

The process of making whiskey involves several steps including milling,

mashing, fermenting, distilling and aging. The grain is milled, mashed (cooked with water) and then fermented to make a mash.

The mash is then distilled to create the whiskey spirit. Finally, it’s aged in oak barrels for several years to get the desired flavor and color.

Is Whiskey Gluten-Free?

This is a fact that whiskey is made from grain, which is a gluten-containing ingredient, so is whiskey gluten-free or not? The answer is yes, whiskey is gluten-free due to some reasons.

First and foremost, during the distillation process, all of the proteins and starches are removed from the mash, including gluten proteins. Moreover, whiskey is then aged in oak barrels for a long time which removes any traces of gluten that may have been present prior to distilling.

As a result, whiskey is gluten-free and is safe for those with gluten sensitivities.

Although whiskey itself is gluten-free, there are a few things to watch out for if you’re sensitive to gluten. First, some brands of whiskey add flavorings after the distillation process which may contain gluten. Be sure to check the label before purchasing.

Second, be aware of any added flavors or mixers you add to your whiskey. Some mixers such as beer and ale contain gluten, so it is important to read the labels carefully.

What Whiskeys are Gluten-Free?

What Whiskeys are Gluten-Free

There are several whiskey brands that are considered to be gluten-free, including:

  • Jack Daniels
  • Jameson
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Bushmills
  • Bulleit Bourbon
  • Knob Creek
  • Woodford Reserve
  • Wild Turkey
  • Four Roses
  • Buffalo Trace
  • Evan Williams

These are just a few of the gluten-free whiskey brands available on the market today. Be sure to check label ingredients and watch out for any added flavorings or mixers when choosing your favorite whiskey.


Does Jack Daniel’s Have Gluten In It?

No, Jack Daniel’s is gluten-free. Although Jack Daniels is made from grain, which contains gluten but the distillation process removes all of the gluten proteins from the mash, resulting in a gluten-free product.

What Alcohol is not Gluten-Free?

Some types of beer and ale contain gluten, so they are not considered to be gluten-free. Other alcohols that may contain gluten include malt beverages, flavored hard ciders, and liqueurs.

Is Whiskey Healthier Than Beer?

Whiskey may be a better choice than beer if you are looking to drink alcohol in moderation. Whiskey contains fewer calories and carbohydrates than many types of beer and is considered to be lower in sugar.

Additionally, whiskey contains beneficial antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and improve heart health. Lastly, as we discussed earlier, whiskey is also gluten-free.

Final Though

In conclusion, whiskey is gluten-free with many brands are available on the market. Therefore, it is a safe alcoholic beverage to enjoy for those with gluten allergies or celiac disease.

However, it’s vital to check the label of your favorite whiskey brand to make sure there are no added ingredients or mixers that contain gluten. And as always, remember to have a drink responsibly and in moderation.

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Tom Valenti

Chef/Owner of both Ouest and ‘Cesca, and the Executive Chef of Le Cirque, Alison on Dominick, and Butterfield 81.

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