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Is Whiskey Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Whether you take your whiskey neat, on the rocks or with a splash soda, a wee dram or the right stuff can be just the ticket sometimes. But is whiskey vegan?

As more and more people turn towards a plant-based diet, the focus has been set to how many alcohol brewing processes aren’t always vegan-friendly – is whiskey one of those?


Whiskey is a distilled alcoholic spirit that’s made from various fermented grains that have often been malted: commonly barley, corn, rye and wheat. It’s generally aged in oak casks over long periods of time, and the type and quality of these barrels are usually what give different whiskeys their distinctive flavours. 

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Is whiskey vegan?

Yes, we’re sure you’ll be happy to hear that whiskey is usually vegan. As the ingredients are plant-based and the fermentation process doesn’t require the use of any animal derivatives, whiskey can be considered vegan-friendly. One exception will be whiskey products that contain honey.

Is Jack Daniels whiskey vegan?

It might not surprise you to hear that Jack Daniels’ honey whiskey isn’t suitable for vegans, because it contains real honey. There may also be an issue of cross-contamination to their other products, so it’s something to bear in mind. 

Send us more plant-based questions in the comments section below. 


By Fabian Jackson
Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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