When our sampling clubs began their respective quests to explore the world of whiskies, the default was Scottish single malt. However both as our determination to track down something ‘unique’ has increased, we’ve expanded our horizons well beyond single malts!

The humble grain, outside of North American, was typically found only as part of blended whiskies, yet is starting to garner attention as a category of its own.

Hence I thought it time to add a new section – focused exclusively on grain whiskies.

For those not familiar, grain whisky is any whisky made from cereal grains other than malted barley – from corn to wheat, buckwheat, rye, oats and millet – even rice, sorghum and quinoa.

Most American and Canadian whiskies are grain whiskies. Sometimes, aged grain whiskies are released as single grain whisky if made at one distillery or blended grain whisky if combining spirits from multiple distilleries.

According to our friends over at Malt Madness, today in Scotland, there are only 6 full fledged grain distilleries:

  • Cameronbridge – the oldest & largest grain whisky distillery now best known for Haig
  • Girvan – a grain distillery built in 1963 by W. Grant & Sons that has recently released a few age statements
  • Invergordon from Whyte & Mackay can primarily be found only in Independent bottles
  • North British the second largest Scotch grain distillery
  • Starlaw – opened in 2010 and owned by La Martiniquaise
  • Strathclyde – owned by the Pernod Ricard conglomerate with a few independent bottles out there

So join us as we explore grain whiskies… in all their variation!

Austria – Waldviertler J.H. 6 year Rye Malt 41%


Austria – Waldviertler J.H. 6 year Rye Malt 41%

Denmark – Stauning Young Rye (2010/2011) 49.3%

France  –  Eddu Silver Buckwheat Whisky 40%

Germany– Freimester Kollectiv Rye



Scotland – Highland

Scotland – Lowlands

Scottish Blended Grain

South Africa – Bain’s Single Grain 43%*

The Netherlands – Millstone 100 Rye Whisky 50%


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