Whiskey Review: Middle West Straight Wheat Whiskey

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Middle West Spirits. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Located in the Ohio River Valley, Middle West Spirits was founded in 2008, and commercial operations started in 2011. The team draws on four generations of distilling knowledge to make artisanal spirits that elevate local flavors.

A good whiskey starts with a good recipe. Middle West Spirits’ comes thanks to co-founder, Ryan Lang, fourth generation distiller. His great-grandfather made moonshine on his property in Pennsylvania. With great knowledge to start with, next comes sourcing the ingredients. Lang prides himself on sourcing high quality ingredients locally. From the Bluegrass Farms corn to the Bucyrus, Ohio wheat to the barrels and the bottles, many local partnerships have formed.

As with any whiskey, there has to be more than just a great product. Co-founder Brady Konya is in charge of the Middle West Spirits experience and marketing. Josh Daily, the first hire, is in charge of the bottle shop, events, and distillery tours. Together, these three have grown the brand to what you see today.

The distillery is located north of downtown Columbus, Ohio. In addition to non-GMO grain whiskey, they also make bourbon, vodka, and gin too. They distill, age and package the spirits at their two facilities. From the photos, both facilities look amazing. I’m drooling over the fresh baked bread and modern decor.

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I was lucky enough to try three Middle West Spirits. Below we have tasting notes for Middle West Straight Wheat, which I very much enjoyed. If you’re a wheat fan, this is a great everyday whiskey. If you prefer a little less wheat in your whiskey they also offer a wheated bourbon whiskey. For that robust and spicy experience they offer a great dark pumpernickel rye. I have to say I liked them all, but they are all different.

Middle West Straight Wheat Whiskey

Middle West Straight Wheat Whiskey (image via Melissa Jones)

Tasting Notes: Middle West Straight Wheat

Vital Stats: 92 proof. Distilled in Columbus, Ohio. Aged over three years. Made with soft red winter wheat. $45.

Appearance: A burnished copper in color. Embellished shoulder and bottom of the bottle. A fun bottle overall.

Nose: It’s very pleasant: bright, fruity, and sweet. The aroma is great, but very faint, with notes of pear, vanilla, brown sugar, and heavy malt.

Palate: Bright with woody and floral undertones and moderate tannin. There are notes of white pepper, light molasses, honey, and pear.

The Takeaway


This would be a great everyday whiskey. It has a good mouthfeel, and it's very similar to the Middle West Straight Wheated Michelone Reserve. If you like wheated bourbon, this is a must buy. Plus, it's easier on the pocket book than hunting down some Pappy.

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Melissa Jones

Melissa D. Jones is a traveler, blogger, photographer, storyteller, foodie, whiskey lover and creative entrepreneur. Living for adventure and new experiences she's photographed her way around all 50 states and 47 countries (still counting!) and wrote her travel knowledge into a book. When she's not traveling you can find her...