Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey - Review
Drink Your Wheaties
by Nancy Huang
its launch in September 2005, Bernheim Original Kentucky
Straight Wheat Whiskey has quickly gained attention as the
first wheat whiskey ever released on the U.S. market. Distilled
by Heaven Hill, the makers of the Evan Williams and Elijah
Craig brands, this small-batch liquor comes from a mash
containing 51 percent winter wheat, making it different
from its bourbon cousins, which contain at least 51 percent
corn. Corn and malted barley make up the other 49 percent
of Bernheim Original’s mash, which was distilled in
January 2000 and aged for five years.
Hill befriends a new class of whiskey drinkers with this
release, which has a noticeable absence of rye in its mash.
The resulting whiskey is clean, with a lot less of the bite
and bitter aroma that turns some people off from rye whiskeys.
Sweet on the nose but less on the palate, this spirit has
subtle aromas of oak, honey and wheat, which come out more
if the whisky is cut rather than neat. On the palate, its
flavors are refined but not as complex as some well-aged
bourbons. The finish is warm.
it is not fully released in all U.S. markets yet, expect
to see Bernheim pop up soon in the local liquor store. It’s
a simple spirit with a simple flavor and is sure to please
a lot of whiskey lovers.
$40 for a 750 ml bottle
For more information, visit www.bernheimwheatwhiskey.com.