Single malt whisky - tasting notes

20 Apr 2010

Bernheim Original

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted 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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  • Chris: Based on price and transparency alone I'd pick this over the shoddy HP Dark Origins any day. Benromach continues to win me over. While I may not drink
  • Roberto Sikora: Benromach seem to do great things these days. Thumbs up for an uncommon age statement!
  • Fredrik: I recently made a promise not to buy or try NAS whisky anymore. It will sadly go unnoticed but that´s how I feel about this.

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WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.