Spirit of the Month!! - June 2010 - Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey
Welcome to the B&B Speakeasy Spirit of the Month!
Our selection for June 2010 will be Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Whiskey
Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey is a relative newcomer to the world of whiskey. Since it's release in 2005 by Heaven Hill, it has gained quite a following and has won multiple awards at spirits competitions. It provides an experience that is a bit different than that of your typical bourbon or Tennessee whiskey.
Bernheim Original is unique in that it is the only true wheat whiskey currently being produced, at least in the US. That is, 51% of it's grain content is wheat. In contrast, whiskies that we often call "wheaters" such as Weller or Maker's Mark use wheat in the place of rye, but are still primarily corn based. The winter wheat results in a whiskey that is full bodied while being sweet and smooth. Bernheim Original's light color reflects it's flavors, which are delicate, balanced, and subtle. With ice or a splash of water the flavors are altered somewhat, but not masked. Even enjoyed neat, the lightness and crispness of this whiskey make it a nice choice for summertime.
Bernheim Original's background is something of a marketing ploy. It is named after the German immigrant brothers that established the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville back in the 19th century. The connection pretty much ends there, however. What the whiskey lacks in "history", Heaven Hill made up for it in the packaging. The bottle is nicely shaped and heavy. The "label" is a solid badge that is affixed and lends a classy look to the bottle. It is topped off with a cork stopped cap that is sealed in wax. A rather sturdy slip case type of box completes the presentation.
If you are in the mood for something a bit different that is not heavy or aggressive, this month's selection might just be for you. Depending on where you live, this fine, craft distilled whiskey will set you back $40-50. Please share your feelings and experiences regarding Bernheim Original in this thread.
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