Single malt whisky - tasting notes

20 Apr 2010

Bernheim Original

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * USA

Bernheim Original is the only straight wheat American whiskey available. It is made by Heaven Hill and uses 51% soft winter wheat in its recipe to deliver a smooth, sweet taste.

 

Bernheim Original Bernheim Original (45%, OB 2010)

Nose: butter croissant and other types of sweet pastry. Brown sugar. It shows more fruit than other Americans (apple, banana). Some spices. Light leather. Vanilla cake. Hints of mint. Very smooth and appealing. Mouth: starts very gentle, with the same buttered bread, caramel and menthol flavours. After that, the oak becomes more prominent with slightly bitter notes. Overall not as sweet as you would expect from the nose. Finish: rather short and oaky, not very smooth.

This Bernheim Original does not show a lot of complexity but it’s dangerously smooth and drinkable. Only the oaky bitterness towards the end was a bit of an off-note for me.

Score: 80/100

Thanks for the sample, Angelo!

Bernheim Original 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-04-20

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