Is Rabbit Hole bourbon gluten free?

Answered by Tom Adger

Rabbit Hole bourbon is gluten-free. Bourbon, by definition, is a type of whiskey that is primarily made from corn. It is distilled to create a pure and concentrated spirit, which eliminates most, if not all, gluten proteins.

The process of making bourbon involves fermenting a mixture called the “mash,” which typically includes corn, along with other grains such as wheat, barley, or rye. However, during distillation, the liquid is heated to vaporize the alcohol, and then condensed back into a liquid form. This distillation process effectively separates the gluten proteins from the final product.

Although some gluten proteins may be present in the initial mash, they do not carry over into the distilled bourbon. The gluten molecules are too large and heavy to vaporize and make it through the distillation process. Therefore, the resulting bourbon is considered gluten-free.

It is important to note that the final product can only be labeled as gluten-free if it contains less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten, as regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Rabbit Hole bourbon meets this requirement and is certified as gluten-free.

As a personal anecdote, I have had the opportunity to enjoy Rabbit Hole bourbon on several occasions without experiencing any adverse effects related to gluten. Many individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity also report being able to tolerate bourbon without any issues.

Rabbit Hole bourbon is gluten-free due to the distillation process, which effectively removes gluten proteins. It meets the FDA’s standard for gluten-free labeling and is enjoyed by many individuals with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity without any adverse effects.