Price Point: $25 – $35 for 750 ML
Distiller: Bernheim Distillery
A few weeks ago, I reviewed a whiskey called Rebel Reserve. I went over my love for wheated bourbons, and my general displeasure with the offering from Rebel Reserve. Cue some generic triumphant movie music, because Bernheim Original is here!
Bernheim Original is not a bourbon, but a “Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey”. Therefore, 51% or more of its grain ingredients is wheat, making it one of the only wheat whiskeys in existence in the United States. Before even tasting this stuff, I knew I would like it.
The nose on Bernheim Original is soft and sugary. It’s much more refined than a bourbon as wheat is often brought in to tame the corn and malted barley in bourbon recipes.
The taste is silky smooth, with a slight bite on the back-end. The wheat really shines with this whiskey, and you can immediately tell that Bernheim is matured to perfection. The texture is surprisingly light, for a 90 proof expression.
Afterwards, the finish is brief but satisfying, with the underlying tone of wheat.
Rating & Recommendations
I’m a big fan of Bernheim Original. It’s a unique and fresh approach to American distillation, earning an 86 out of 100.
This stuff should be drunk neat; it’s smooth enough to not require any water or ice.
Bernheim Original is a wonderfully different whiskey that should be in your collection for the nights when you’re looking for something a little different. A must-have for those of you who like wheat in your whiskey.