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.
Bernheim Bourbon Review:
One of the first things I was struck with was the smell. Upon opening the bottle, I could detect a delicate, smoky aroma which I found very surprising. I had assumed that the whiskey would be overpowered with its in-your-face, corn-forward aroma, but to my surprise there was still a good amount of aroma to the bottle, right from the off.
Delicate and inviting, a nice hint of vanilla with some orange and warm spice. It was very difficult to tell how many flavors were going on in the whiskey, as every time I tippled from the bottle, I would pick up different notes in the whiskey. I’m not too partial to distillate that has a splash of vanilla, but this whiskey had enough in it to work alongside its original characteristics.
For lack of a better word, I would describe the aroma’s complexity as being wonderful.
Nice and smooth with a slight bite that only added to the overall flavor. A smooth hint of vanilla with a warm, oaky note.
Bernheim Original is marketed as a wheat whiskey, which wasn’t really as important to me as the other distillation that went into this bourbon. I enjoyed the pure taste of this whiskey, this whiskey is great for sipping, and definitely a treat for older whiskey drinkers or those who are new to whiskey.
There is a unique and delicious smell to the whiskey as soon as you open the bottle, leaving a bit of subtleness on your tongue.
Straight forward, nothing really stands out. The taste was good and was very similar to any other corn whiskey I’ve tasted.
Bernheim Original, marketed as a wheat whiskey, wasn’t anything special though. It had the same character as a regular corn whiskey, which is to say relatively boring. This whiskey is great for sipping, but I wouldn’t really want to put it in my regular rotation. If I had to rate the whiskey in the same manner I would previously rate other brands, I would give it a score of 78 out of 100. I’m not exactly upset with the lack of stand out character of this whiskey, but I would rather have a more complex flavored whiskey.
Bernheim Bourbon Review:
Highly complex aroma, which can be detected from a distance even through a closed bottle.
When I opened the bottle I was immediately struck with a wonder of complex vanilla. It was very subtle and not overdone as I initially anticipated. Similar to a whiskey’s taste, there was warm spice on the back end which gave the whiskey an extra dimension. The flavor of this whiskey was extremely complex, which gave it a more solid taste in my experience. I enjoyed the bottle very much.
Bernheim Original was less intense in its flavor than I thought. It was a more soft vanilla with a subtle orange flavor behind it.
This rye whiskey is very similar to Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond #2, so if you’re looking for something to drink neat, Bernheim Original you might just find it. Highly recommended.
There are some great unusual aromas in the bottle. There is a subtle aroma that can be detected from a distance even from a closed bottle.
Straight forward, although it may cost a little less than straight whiskey, this whiskey also has some depth to it. It has a moderate sweet taste with a subtle hint of orange.
Bernheim Original was the standard straight rye whiskey, but still pretty tame. It was a less subtle aroma than the previous whiskey I tried, which I found a bit disappointing. Still, I think that if you wanted to buy Bernheim for a typical night in the pub or a nice, mellow go-to drink for a quiet day at the pub, than this whiskey will do just fine. Not bad for a rye whiskey, but you can find a lot more complex ones at the store.
Bernheim Original is a very good whiskey, it has good flavor and has some depth to it. The blender used Bernheim with other kinds of grains to introduce a variety of flavors within the bourbon.
If you’re a serious whiskey drinker, don’t avoid this whiskey as it is made to be a drink for anyone with an open mind when it comes to the flavor of a whiskey.
After opening the bottle, I was immediately bombarded with a variety of smells, some fruity, some smoky, and one scent which I couldn’t quite figure out. All in all, it’s a great aroma. Very interesting.
The taste of this whiskey had a nicely complex flavor, which was enjoyable. A great whiskey to drink.
Bernheim Original has a slight kick to it, which I didn’t expect. The deep roasted grain flavor was almost more of a barley wine than a rye. This whiskey had much more depth and complexity in its flavor than I thought it would. If I had to give it a score, I would say it was a score of 84 out of 100. This whiskey is a whiskey to buy when you want something to sip in the evening. This whiskey would give almost anyone who bought it on a whim a little bit of a surprise.
Bernheim Bourbon Review:
Nice aroma, but difficult to tell what kind of liquor it is. Very nice smell. Upon opening the bottle I could detect some of the smoky smell that plagued the whiskey.
Straight forward, although the taste was on the mild side, but nothing really stands out with this whiskey. A gentle adjective on the flavor that follows.