Bernheim Original

75cl / 45%
  • Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey
Bernheim Original
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Bernheim Original is made by Heaven Hill and is the only straight wheat American whiskey available. A winner of the Gold 'Editor's Choice Award' from Whisky Magazine with a score of 17.75 out of 20 from Dave Broom & Michael Jackson, Bernheim is 51% winter wheat, 39% corn and 10% barley malt. A soft, mellow, fruity palate with gentle vanilla notes.
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Bernheim Original Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by John Hansell for Whisky Advocate

    Straight wheat whiskeys can be almost too easy-going. Not chill-filtering adds teasing, subtle complexity. Gently sweet, with maple syrup, caramel, marzipan, and coconut cream, along with a dusting of vanilla, cinnamon, and green tea. A whiskey for a lazy saturday afternoon... or perhaps with pancakes at brunch?

    87 Points

  • Tasting Notes by Mark Gillespie, World Whiskies Awards 2012

    Cinnamon, brown sugar, tobacco, and leather notes. Peppery and intense with cinnamon and black pepper notes, honey and brown sugar touches underneath. Lingering and spicy with cinnamon touches and a hint of tobacco.
  • Tasting Notes by Robin Laing, World Whiskies Awards 2012

    Buttery vanilla tablet, caramel and fudge spring out from the nose - becoming fresh and subtle, like shrubs on a hillside in summer, perhaps distant smoke, then white pepper. The palate is certinaly sweet - toffee burnt sugar, fudge, with a hint of cumin; stewed rhubarb tartness arrives with a splash of water, restoring balance.
  • Tasting Notes by Michael Jackson

    Nose: Warm, welcoming, appetising. The bakery aromas of Sunday brunch.

    Palate: Pancakes. Cornbread. Buttered corn. Peach cobbler. Pecan pie. Pints of vanilla ice cream with butterscotch sauce, garnished with sprigs of fresh mint.

    Finish: A hint of soft, leafy, balancing dryness.

    Comment: At an ‘all you can eat’ buffet in Chicago, a woman piling her plate said to me: “isn’t this sinful?” This is temptation in a bottle.

    Score: 8.75/10

    [These tasting notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine issue 50]

  • Tasting Notes by Dave Broom

    Nose: The first impression is butter, then fresh baking, toasted crumpet followed by light red fruit (cherry) and allspice. Gentle, with a tricksy quality, lemon meringue lifted by a subtle spiciness. Very clean and well defined.

    Palate: Gentle then a tingle of fresh planed oak. Reminiscent of melted rock candy with a hint of toffee and a menthol note. Very fine.

    Finish: Long, spicy.

    Comment: A stunning glass, gentle yet exotic.

    Score: 9/10

    [These tasting notes are reproduced from Whisky Magazine issue 50]

5 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    5 March 2015

    Great wheater!

  • 4
    13 August 2014

    Tangy and wheaty, golden syrup and grape sweetness. Pretty easy drinking.

  • Pat 17 February 2011

    This is excellent stuff. If you want to try something a bit different, give it a go, although it's not cheap.Nose: Liquorice, anise, hickory, tropical fruit, toasted cinnamonTaste: Incredibly smooth then lightly-spiced and peppery Finish: The sweetness is held in check by the wood but never overpowering

  • Anonymous 13 October 2009

    Heaven Hill markets the Hell outta this stuff, and it shows in those tasting notes. If you seek the semblance of a Stitzel-Weller era wheated Bourbon, keep shopping. Bernheim is good, but fails in comparison to Van Winkle Special Reserve 12-year.

  • LB 7 March 2008

    I'm a fan of Bernheim, it's a very distinct whiskey and well worth seeking out.I posted a detailed review of it on my website: