October 13, 2008 9:58 AM Subscribe
Whisky filter: why don't distilleries use oats as the grain to make whisky?
posted by stenoboy to Food & Drink (12 answers total)
I went on a distillery tour in Scotland and the grain used to make the whisky is usually malted barley and/or wheat. Why are oats never used as they'd be indigenous and presumably readily available? The tour guide didn't know the answer to the question so I'm wondering if anyone here does? My guess is perhaps oat grains can't be sprouted and malted, but that's only a guess. Any ideas?