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Bernheim Original

(75cl, 45%)

Bernheim Original

Bernheim Original Bottling Note

Bernheim was the first straight wheat whiskey to be launched on the US market and is bottled at seven years of age.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Warm and sweet with buttered granary toast, a hint of salt, mixed spices and a distinct morello cherry character. Cooked fruit and a defined bakery note.

Palate: Quite full and sweet. Freshly baked sweet buns, a stewed fruit note and a mixed nut character. There are hints of tuck shop favourites and a touch of spearmint.

Finish: Long and slightly dry with toasty spices.

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Bernheim Original Reviews


On its own it is reasonably good but being only 7 odd years old it still tastes a little "green". This note of immaturity transfers onto the palate with a little harshness that another 5 or so years would probably smooth out. Having said that, for the dough it is good to excellent value. I find that by blending this whiskey with an equal mix of good 12-year-old blended scotch whisky and good bourbon of at least 5- years-old, you get a very rewarding and comprehensive flavor profile.

5th June 2020

Poor man's Pappy Van Winkle

Very sweet easy drinker, reminds me of a $40.00 shot of Old Pappy Van Winkle that I had at a cigar bar in LA several years ago. I would say it's a poor man's Pappy. Not quite in the same league,but similar enough. Much sweeter than Makers mark and Larceny.

22nd November 2019


Inoffensive, lovely rounded taste with that distinct biscuit note you get with wheaters, along with a hint of maple. Not much complexity but very enjoyable to drink. Personally Weller Special Reserve is better for slightly cheaper though.

7th July 2019

Oooh this is gooood!

If you love the sweetness of a bourbon then this is a must. A melt in your mouth drink. Smooth from the smell to the taste to the finish. Very nice.

17th August 2015

Beautifully different

Wonderful, smooth, full of tastes (sweet, nutty, some wood) and a very different experience than Scotch or bourbon. A really long, satisfying finish...hints of autumn smoke...or a southern hickory wind...beautifully.

7th November 2014

Captai U.S. NAVY RET

Bought my first bottle last week . Impressed . Will likely buy more soon.

14th October 2014

Good but pricey

Undoubtedly a finely crafted whiskey. Nice oak notes. It has that sweet nuttiness that I've always enjoyed in Rye whiskey but not so much of the spiciness. Also not as syrupy sweet as many maize based bourbons, which I like. The only shame is the price. For £30-35 I'd definitely buy again. For £50.... maybe not.

29th January 2014

A nice change of pace

If you are a bourbon lover, you should give Bernheim Original a try. This whiskey has some bourbon like qualities. I am guessing that there is a fair amount of corn in the mash bill. This has an easy and soft delivery but is fairly complex. Finish is dry with a very very slight sweet note at the end.

10th December 2013

Chris' Review

A rich, sweet and smoky nose with that cotton candy/ candy floss wheat character, some chocolate orange and sweet coconut. Big, bold vanillins leading into burnt caramel. The rye grains add a late nip.

On the palate the oak sets out it’s stall with a definite toasty character along with candy floss and grippy rye building to a mouth watering mentholated finish with a pretty almost coastal finish,. Pleasant but lacks the complexity of say William Weller.

8th July 2010

The ONLY straight wheat whiskey

I purchased this bottle for two reasons: the great looks and the name (as I live in Bernheim Avenue, altough the Bernheim of my street has nothing to do with Bernard Bernheim of the distillery, but it's a nice thought). I have tried several bourbons and wheat & rye whiskies before, but this is my first straight wheat whiskey.

That shouldn't come as a surprise, for Bernheim Original is the ONLY straight wheat whiskey on the market. It was introduced in 2005 and - as far as I was able to ascertain - quite a following. It's full name is Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey.

Bernard Bernheim was a German immigrant who - together with his brother - founded the Bernheim Distillery in the 19th Century. This straight wheat whiskey is produced at the well-respected Heaven Hill Distillery in honour of Bernard Bernheim.

Bernheim Original exudes quality when looking at it. On the nose it's butter initially, then gently turning to toast and some spiciness. Makes you feel like standing in the bakery on a Sunday morning, ready to take home some croissants. Appetising!

On the palate, it's softer and less syrupy than one would expect. You immediately taste oak and buttered corn with a hint of toffee. But no bite at all, despite the spices obvious in the nose. This is a very soft whiskey.

The finish is very clean, but unfortunately very short as well.

This is a very sweet and mild whiskey with no bite at all. I like it a lot!

Mark -

13th January 2010

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